geo·​phone | \ ˈjē-ə-ˌfōn How to pronounce geophone (audio) \

Definition of geophone

: an instrument for detecting vibrations passing through rocks, soil, or ice

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Recent Examples on the Web To conduct the study, the researchers planted devices known as geophones near wild elephants in Kenya. Douglas Quenqua,, "Elephants may be dialing long-distance through their feet," 8 May 2018 The idea is that Fluid can be used to quickly narrow down the location of any water losses, allowing operators using geophones to pinpoint the exact site. The Economist, "Using AI to trace leaking pipes," 26 Apr. 2018 The scientists placed geophones, which convert ground vibrations into electronic signals, near the stomping grounds of wild elephants in Kenya. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Earthquake-Monitoring Technology May Help Protect Elephants from Poachers," 9 May 2018 Like seismographs, geophones convert ground vibrations into measurable electronic signals, but are smaller, lighter and better suited to field work. Douglas Quenqua,, "Elephants may be dialing long-distance through their feet," 8 May 2018 That observation argues for the installation of permanent geophone networks in tourist areas around the Dead Sea. The Economist, "Geology and tourismA way to predict sinkholes under spas near the Dead Sea," 13 Dec. 2017 The geophones record the scattering and reflection of vibrations to image underground structures, and tease out problems that may lay under the surface. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall," 7 Feb. 2017 Geophones on the surface picked up the waves on their return and provided a depth reading. William Grimes, New York Times, "Charles R. Bentley, 87, Pioneer of Polar Science, Is Dead," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of geophone

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Geophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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