accelerometer

noun
ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter | \ ik-ˌse-lə-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce accelerometer (audio) , ak- \

Definition of accelerometer

: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

Examples of accelerometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who did not use a smartphone before bed at all All 167 participants were asked to spend at least eight hours in their bed and wear an accelerometer on their wrist to record their sleep activity. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "New study claims iPhone’s Night Shift doesn’t help you get to sleep," 28 Apr. 2021 Clear, offering options ranging from navigation to an accelerometer to measure G’s during acceleration, braking and cornering. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Porsche 911 turbo delivers legendary performance, latest tech," 15 Apr. 2021 The device also boasts a barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Outdoor Life, "Best Personal Locator Beacon: Choose the Right PLB for a Backcountry Adventure," 24 Feb. 2021 An accelerometer helps trigger the camera on garbage day. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Here's why McDonald's restaurants are putting cameras in their dumpsters," 18 Dec. 2020 Additionally, there’s a lot of tech in each bud: an IR sensor, three microphones and an accelerometer. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s Note 20 and 20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live, Tab S7 and S7+, and Galaxy Watch 3," 5 Aug. 2020 Others use the driver’s cellphone, which with its global positioning capability, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, can determine a lot about the way the car is being driven. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "Pay Less When You Drive Less," 23 Jan. 2021 In addition, there are new ways to trigger recording, including using motion (the camera’s accelerometer and gyroscope) to start or stop capture. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 The watch features an accelerometer and a heart rate monitor, which sync up to your Garmin Connect app. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Your guide to buying a running watch," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of accelerometer

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accelerometer

borrowed from French accéléromètre, from accélérer "to accelerate" (borrowed from Latin accelerāre) + -o- -o- + -mètre -meter

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The first known use of accelerometer was in 1875

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4 May 2021

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“Accelerometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accelerometer. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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accelerometer

noun
ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter | \ ik-ˌsel-ə-ˈräm-ət-ər, ak- How to pronounce accelerometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of accelerometer

: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

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