galvanometer

noun
gal·​va·​nom·​e·​ter | \ ˌgal-və-ˈnä-mə-tər How to pronounce galvanometer (audio) \

Definition of galvanometer

: an instrument for detecting or measuring a small electric current by movements of a magnetic needle or of a coil in a magnetic field

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Other Words from galvanometer

galvanometric \ ˌgal-​və-​nō-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce galvanometer (audio) \ adjective

Examples of galvanometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These red rays fall on two thin gold leaves attached to the wires of a tiny galvanometer. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 17 Dec. 2020 The Cybraphon’s emotions are accessible via a Twitter feed but also appear on a on a 100 year-old galvanometer housed in the wardrobe (pictured above). Priya Ganapati, WIRED, 31 July 2009

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First Known Use of galvanometer

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galvanometer

galvan(ic) + -o- + -meter

Note: Term apparently introduced by the British scientist William Haseldine Pepys (1775-1856) in "Description of a newly invented Galvanometer, and an Account of some Experiments with Voltaʼs Pile upon several of the Gases," The Philosophical Magazine, vol. 10 (1801), pp. 38-42.

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“Galvanometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galvanometer. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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galvanometer

noun
gal·​va·​nom·​e·​ter | \ ˌgal-və-ˈnäm-ət-ər How to pronounce galvanometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of galvanometer

: an instrument for detecting or measuring a small electric current by movements of a magnetic needle or of a coil in a magnetic field

Other Words from galvanometer

galvanometric \ -​nō-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce galvanometer (audio) \ adjective

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