gradiometer

noun
gra·​di·​om·​e·​ter | \ˌgrā-dē-ˈä-mə-tər \

Definition of gradiometer 

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

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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, cleveland.com, "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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