actinometer

noun
ac·​ti·​nom·​e·​ter | \ ˌak-tə-ˈnä-mə-tər How to pronounce actinometer (audio) \

Definition of actinometer

: any of various instruments for measuring the intensity of incident radiation especially : one in which the intensity of radiation is measured by the speed of a photochemical reaction

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Other Words from actinometer

actinometric \ ˌak-​tə-​nō-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce actinometer (audio) \ adjective
actinometry \ ˌak-​tə-​ˈnä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce actinometer (audio) \ noun

Examples of actinometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More advanced systems can have all that, plus all or a selection of these: a rain gauge, an anemometer for measuring wind speed and direction, a barometer, and an actinometer for checking UV index and solar radiation. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Become Your Own Meteorologist with a Home Weather Station," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of actinometer

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actinometer

actino- + -meter

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13 Jan 2021

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“Actinometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinometer. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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actinometer

noun
ac·​ti·​nom·​e·​ter | \ ˌak-tə-ˈnäm-ət-ər How to pronounce actinometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of actinometer

: any of various instruments for measuring the intensity of incident radiation especially : one in which the intensity of radiation is measured by the speed of a photochemical reaction

Other Words from actinometer

actinometric \ -​nō-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce actinometer (audio) \ adjective
actinometry \ -​ˈnäm-​ə-​trē How to pronounce actinometer (audio) \ noun, plural actinometries

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