mag·​ne·​tom·​e·​ter | \ ˌmag-nə-ˈtä-mə-tər How to pronounce magnetometer (audio) \

Definition of magnetometer

: an instrument used to detect the presence of a metallic object or to measure the intensity of a magnetic field

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Other Words from magnetometer

magnetometric \ mag-​ˌnē-​tə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce magnetometric (audio) , -​ˌne-​ \ adjective
magnetometry \ ˌmag-​nə-​ˈtä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce magnetometry (audio) \ noun

Examples of magnetometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stadium employs the use of walk-through magnetometers to complete the screening process. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals: What you should know before you go," 31 Oct. 2019 Tests in deserts on Earth have shown how magnetometers are able to tell you whether there is water at depth, Brain explains. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 Everyone who attends will have to pass through a security checkpoint with magnetometers. Scott Wartman,, "President Trump is back in Cincinnati today. Here's what you need to know," 31 July 2019 Tools like magnetometers, which look for changes in magnetic fields that might reveal the presence of iron and other metals, are essential. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Unexploded World War II bombs may still be buried at Pompeii," 8 July 2019 Chinchilla’s coauthor Roger Fu from Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences tested the sculptures by first running a magnetometer over them and mapping out the areas with the strongest anomalies. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetism," 6 Aug. 2019 Government explosives experts drill holes and look for bombs using magnetometers, searching for the signature of a bomb’s steel casing. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "World War II Bomb Explodes 75 Years Later, Creates Massive Crater in German Field," 24 June 2019 Attendees will be required to undergo an additional level of security screening to include magnetometers. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "How to watch the 4th of July "Salute to America"," 4 July 2019 In addition to its weighted arm for hopping, MASCOT had a camera, a magnetometer, a radiometer, and infrared spectrometer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny robot finds an asteroid that’s freakishly free of dust," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of magnetometer

1827, in the meaning defined above

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mag·​ne·​tom·​e·​ter | \ ˌmag-nə-ˈtäm-ət-ər How to pronounce magnetometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of magnetometer

: an instrument used to detect the presence of a metallic object or to measure the intensity of a magnetic field

Other Words from magnetometer

magnetometric \ mag-​ˌnēt-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce magnetometric (audio) , -​ˌnet-​ How to pronounce magnetometric (audio) \ adjective
magnetometry \ ˌmag-​nə-​ˈtäm-​ə-​trē How to pronounce magnetometry (audio) \ noun, plural magnetometries

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