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 And Chevy has upgraded those sensors too, changing from simple mechanical position sensors to accelerometers mounted at each corner. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 The commands controlled iOS functions for the keychain, iCloud connections, Apple Watch accelerometer data, iOS permissions, and other iOS features or services. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Advanced mobile surveillanceware, made in Russia, found in the wild," 24 July 2019 Sound is measured with multiple microphones, and three vibration readings (up/down, side to side, and fore/aft) are taken with a micro-accelerometer. Will Brantley, Outdoor Life, "The 9 Best New Compound Hunting Bows, Tested and Ranked," 17 June 2019 Acceleration can be measured with a small electronic device called an accelerometer. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Science with a Smartphone: Accelerometer," 26 Dec. 2019 Androids are commonly equipped with a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a magnetic-field detector; their sensors can calculate heart rate and count steps. Brian Barth, The New Yorker, "Big Tech’s Big Defector," 25 Nov. 2019 The sensor could be worn, like an accelerometer in a smartwatch used to capture motion data. Rachel A. Chasse, STAT, "Digital endpoints library can aid clinical trials for new medicines," 6 Nov. 2019 While a forward-facing camera won't collect footage of a car slamming into you from behind, many dash cams now come with features like GPS logging and accelerometers. Seamus Bellamy, USA TODAY, "You need a dash cam, these are the best ones of 2019," 16 Oct. 2019 In 2014, See Kee Chin was arrested in Seattle trying to smuggle accelerometers disguised as children’s toys. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "China is trying to steal military space tech. The US is running stings to stop it.," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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28 Jan 2020

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“Accelerometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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