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

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In general, an accelerometer indicates how quickly an object is moving. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "SMU researchers find a new way to snoop with smartphones. But should you be worried?," 12 Aug. 2019 The athletes wore helmets outfitted with accelerometers to track the number and force of hits during practices and games. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Just one season of playing football—even without a concussion—can cause brain damage," 7 Aug. 2019 Using accelerometers -- a wearable device that tracks the volume and intensity of activity -- to measure total activity, intensity levels were separated into categories of light, moderate and vigorous. Allen Kim, CNN, "Want to avoid an early death? Get moving, a study says," 22 Aug. 2019 Each player wore an accelerometer in his helmet to capture the forces at play during practices and games during the season. Fox News, "Routine football collisions could damage players' brains, researchers say," 13 Aug. 2019 The app uses two of the smartphone’s sensors in ways they were not intended: the microphone and the accelerometer. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "SMU researchers find a new way to snoop with smartphones. But should you be worried?," 12 Aug. 2019 The scientists plan to use their research to develop algorithms that could glean data from helmet accelerometers and signal when a player has sustained dangerous levels of damage. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Just one season of playing football—even without a concussion—can cause brain damage," 7 Aug. 2019 The Active2's built-in accelerometer is supposedly improved, for more accurate activity tracking. Wired, "Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple," 5 Aug. 2019 But in most cases the systems, which rely on inputs from wheel sensors and accelerometers many times a second, are still only really reactive. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Lincoln Aviator uses cameras to read the road, smooth out big potholes," 22 July 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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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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