hertz

noun
\ ˈhərts How to pronounce hertz (audio) , ˈherts How to pronounce hertz (audio) \
plural hertz

Definition of hertz

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a unit of frequency equal to one cycle per second abbreviation Hz

Hertz

biographical name (1)
\ ˈherts How to pronounce Hertz (audio) , ˈhərts \

Definition of Hertz (Entry 2 of 3)

Gustav Ludwig 1887–1975 German physicist

Hertz

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hertz (Entry 3 of 3)

Heinrich Rudolf 1857–1894 German physicist

Examples of hertz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a monitor, hertz (Hz) refers to how many times per second the display refreshes itself. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "CES Editors’ Choice Awards: The Most Exciting Tech for 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 This sound is likely infrasound, a category of sounds lower than 20 hertz that are inaudible to humans. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "So What Is This Secretive Chinese Sonic Weapon Exactly?," 25 Sep. 2019 For example, middle C, or C4, is 261.63 hertz, while C5, one octave up, is 523.25 hertz. Quanta Magazine, "Perceptions of Musical Octaves Are Learned, Not Wired in the Brain," 30 Oct. 2019 Frequencies that are notes – 440 hertz is an A, 196 is a G. The biggest thing is getting that tone really fat. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The story behind The Black Crowes’ Alabama-made guitar," 31 Oct. 2013 All across the United States, the power grid operates at 60 hertz, its innumerable tributaries of alternating current synchronizing of their own accord. Wired, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 All across the United States, the power grid operates at 60 hertz, its innumerable tributaries of alternating current synchronizing of their own accord. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 All across the United States, the power grid operates at 60 hertz, its innumerable tributaries of alternating current synchronizing of their own accord. Wired, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 All across the United States, the power grid operates at 60 hertz, its innumerable tributaries of alternating current synchronizing of their own accord. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of hertz

Noun

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hertz

Noun

Heinrich R. Hertz

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The first known use of hertz was circa 1928

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20 Jan 2020

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“Hertz.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hertz. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for hertz

hertz

noun
How to pronounce Hertz (audio) How to pronounce Hertz (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hertz

technical : a unit used for measuring the frequency of sound waves

hertz

noun
\ ˈhərts How to pronounce hertz (audio) , ˈherts How to pronounce hertz (audio) \

Medical Definition of hertz

: a unit of frequency equal to one cycle per second abbreviation Hz

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