elec·​tro-op·​ti·​cal i-ˌlek-trō-ˈäp-ti-kəl How to pronounce electro-optical (audio)
variants or electro-optic
: of or relating to electro-optics
: relating to or being a change in the refractive index of a material due to an electric field
electro-optical effect
: using or being a material that exhibits electro-optical properties
an electro-optical crystal
: relating to or being an electronic device for emitting, modulating, transmitting, or sensing light
electro-optically adverb

Examples of electro-optical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Switchblade 600 checks all of LASSO’s boxes, including an electro-optical sensor, multi-effects anti-tank/anti-armor warhead (the warhead is actually derived from the Javelin missile), and basic three-piece setup. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2023 Helsing’s flagship system absorbs huge amounts of data generated by the sensors (electro-optical, infrared, sonar) and weapons systems (fighter jets, drones, helicopters) used in modern warfare. Morgan Meaker, WIRED, 20 July 2023 The boxes, each measuring 6 meters long and 2 meters high, are connected to a power system on land via a 42-kilometer-long electro-optical cable. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2023 This includes a number of visual sensors, in particular an infrared (IR) sensor and an electro-optical (EO) sensor, which consists of a color sensor and a monochrome daylight TV camera. Jason Sherman, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of electro-optical was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Electro-optical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electro-optical. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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