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
galvanometricplay \ˌgal-və-nō-ˈme-trik\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of galvanometer
galvan(ic) + -o- + -meter ◆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 Volta's Pile upon several of the Gases,” The Philosophical Magazine, vol. 10 (1801), pp. 38-42.
First Known Use: 1802
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