gra·​di·​om·​e·​ter | \ ˌgrā-dē-ˈä-mə-tər How to pronounce gradiometer (audio) \

Definition of gradiometer

: an instrument for measuring the gradient of a physical quantity (such as the earth's magnetic field)

Examples of gradiometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matney, along with present and former UA students and Hiram students, will use a magnetic gradiometer to map subtle changes in the earth's magnetic field. Karen Farkas,, "President James A. Garfield's former home to be studied by archeologists," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gradiometer

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gradiometer

gradient + -o- + -meter

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“Gradiometer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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