interferometer

noun

in·​ter·​fer·​om·​e·​ter ˌin-tər-fə-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce interferometer (audio)
ˌin-tə-,
-ˌfi-ˈrä-
: an apparatus that utilizes the interference of waves (as of light) for precise determinations (as of distance or wavelength)
interferometric adjective
interferometrically adverb
interferometry
ˌin-tər-fə-ˈrä-mə-trē How to pronounce interferometer (audio)
ˌin-tə-
-ˌfi-ˈrä-
noun

Examples of interferometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Event Horizon Telescope, which has observed the central black hole in the Milky Way, as well as that of the galaxy M87, is a radio interferometer. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 23 Nov. 2023 However, their drawback concerns the fact that interferometers are also bulky, which restricts how well such neural nets can scale up. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Apr. 2024 The spinning operation is achieved with standard rotators, enhancing robustness compared to delicate mirror movements required in interferometers. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Feb. 2024 And that means a much larger distance between the interferometer's mirrors and an escape from the seismic noise of Earth. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for interferometer 

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First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interferometer was in 1897

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“Interferometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interferometer. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

interferometer

noun
in·​ter·​fer·​om·​e·​ter ˌint-ə(r)-fə-ˈräm-ət-ər How to pronounce interferometer (audio)
-ˌfir-ˈäm-
: an instrument that uses the interference of waves (as of light) for making exact measurements (as of wavelength)

Medical Definition

interferometer

noun
in·​ter·​fer·​om·​e·​ter ˌint-ə(r)-fə-ˈräm-ət-ər, -ˌfir-ˈäm- How to pronounce interferometer (audio)
: an instrument that utilizes the interference of waves (as of light) for precise determination especially of wavelength, spectral fine structure, indices of refraction, and very small linear displacements
interferometric adjective
interferometrically adverb
interferometry noun
plural interferometries

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