Biot-Savart law

noun
Biot-Sa·​vart law | \ ¦bēˌōsə¦vär-, ¦byōsə- \

Definition of Biot-Savart law

: a statement in electromagnetism: the magnetic intensity at any point due to a steady current in an infinitely long straight wire is directly proportional to the current and inversely proportional to the distance from point to wire — compare ampere's law

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Biot-Savart law

after Jean B. Biot †1862 French mathematician and Félix Savart †1841 French physician & physicist

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About Biot-Savart law

Dictionary Entries Near Biot-Savart law

biotransformation

Biot-Savart law

bioturbation

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Biot-Savart law

Cite this Entry

“Biot-Savart law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Biot-Savart%20law. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!