plural gauss also gausses
: the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic flux density that is equal to 1 × 10−4 tesla

Examples of gauss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The in-house movement—Calibre 8910—features a co-axial master chronometer resistant to magnetic fields reaching up to 15,000 gauss. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 16 Oct. 2023 Studying the star in more detail, Shenar’s team discovered this was a particularly unusual Wolf-Rayet star with a magnetic field of 43,000 gauss. Jonathan O'Callaghan, Scientific American, 17 Aug. 2023 Magnet-proof: Up to 15,000 gauss (equal to MRI). Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Karl F. Gauss

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gauss was in 1882

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“Gauss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


plural gauss also gausses
: the cgs unit of magnetic flux density that is equal to 1 × 10−4 tesla

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Carl Friedrich 1777–1855 German mathematician and astronomer

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