electroscope

noun
elec·​tro·​scope | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌskōp How to pronounce electroscope (audio) \

Definition of electroscope

: any of various instruments for detecting the presence of an electric charge on a body, for determining whether the charge is positive or negative, or for indicating and measuring intensity of radiation

Examples of electroscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One possibility was that there was some sort of radiation striking the electroscope. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of electroscope

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for electroscope

probably from French électroscope

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The first known use of electroscope was in 1776

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“Electroscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroscope. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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electroscope

noun
elec·​tro·​scope | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌskōp How to pronounce electroscope (audio) \

Medical Definition of electroscope

: any of various instruments for detecting the presence of an electric charge on a body, for determining whether the charge is positive or negative, or for indicating and measuring intensity of radiation

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about electroscope

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