detector

noun de·tec·tor \ di-ˈtek-tər \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of detector

: one that detects: such as
a : a device for detecting the presence of electromagnetic waves or of radioactivity
b : a rectifier of high-frequency current used especially for extracting the intelligence from a radio signal

Examples of detector in a Sentence

  1. using metal detectors to improve safety at airports

  2. a motion detector to thwart burglaries

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First Known Use of detector

1541

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detector Synonyms

Synonyms

sensor;


DETECTOR Defined for English Language Learners

detector

Definition of detector for English Language Learners

  • : a device that can tell if a substance or object is present : a device that detects the presence of something


Medical Dictionary

detector

noun de·tec·tor \ di-ˈtek-tər \

medical Definition of detector

: one that detects; especially : a device for detecting the presence of electromagnetic waves or of radioactivity


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