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

Other Words from magnetometer

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

Examples of magnetometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instruments aboard the Psyche orbiter include a magnetometer that will determine if the asteroid has a magnetic field and various imagers to photograph and map the asteroid's surface, Forbes reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 On board is a payload suite that includes a magnetometer to measure any magnetic field as well as imagers to photograph and map the surface. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 The ultra-thin footbeds contains 72 pressure sensors, and the control unit has an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer that captures 9-axis 3D motion. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 After launch and the lengthy journey to the asteroid, the spacecraft will orbit the asteroid for 21 months using a magnetometer and other gadgets like a neutron spectrometer to analyze the metals inside the object. Alex Stone, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2021 Phil Lindberg’s magnetometer moment involved the aforementioned mouth organ. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 All visitors are screened by a magnetometer and their belongings screened by an x-ray machine. CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 The Air Force first tested magnetic navigation in 2017, when an aircraft equipped with a magnetometer was able to continuously determine its location within 13 meters over an hour-long flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2021 At most airports, work badges are sufficient to gain entry to the secure areas of the airport; instead of passing through a magnetometer, employees are subject to random spot searches. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of magnetometer

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetometer was in 1827

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16 Jan 2022

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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 magnetometer (audio) , -​ˌnet-​ How to pronounce magnetometer (audio) \ adjective
magnetometry \ ˌmag-​nə-​ˈtäm-​ə-​trē How to pronounce magnetometer (audio) \ noun, plural magnetometries

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