ac·cel·er·om·e·ter | \ik-ˌse-lə-ˈrä-mə-tər, ak-\

Definition of accelerometer 

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

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Force sensors and accelerometers keep track of the leg's position relative to the environment and the user. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Smart Bionic Limbs are Reengineering the Human," 28 May 2012 Many fitness trackers are classified by U.S. regulations as accelerometers. Todd C. Frankel,, "Ford's creative efforts to avoid $250 million in 'chicken tax' tariffs under scrutiny," 9 July 2018 The motor runs through a range of frequencies, and accelerometers attached to the body measure its response. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 Further, Dell’s design utilizes an accelerometer and a gyroscope to detect the laptop’s orientation and position. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: Meet the child of Intel and AMD’s unholy union," 23 May 2018 The tags were fitted with several instruments: pressure sensors to measure depth; magnetometers to record orientation with respect to Earth’s magnetic field; accelerometers to measure movement; and microphones to record chatter. The Economist, "When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?," 14 June 2018 The smartphone industry led to rapid improvements in sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes — which, in turn, helped with the design of more stable drones and allowed for larger VTOL aircraft. Joshua Brustein,, "Boeing asked for quiet jet packs but got a bunch of air motorcycles," 14 June 2018 Depressed people, for instance, move around less, which can be tracked with a phone’s GPS and accelerometer. Chelsea Leu, WIRED, "How Science Is Solving Health Issues at All Stages of Life," 27 Mar. 2018 Verily also considered including moisture and temperature sensors, as well as an accelerometer to better assess diaper status. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alphabet’s Verily has a “smart diaper“ design that distinguishes pee from poo," 17 May 2018

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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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Medical Definition of accelerometer 

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

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