mag·ne·tom·e·ter | \ˌmag-nə-ˈtä-mə-tər \

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, -ˌne- \ adjective
magnetometry \ˌmag-nə-ˈtä-mə-trē \ noun

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Yes, your phone probably has a magnetometer built into it. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Can Your Electronic Gadgets Interfere With Your Compass?," 10 July 2018 Magnetic fabric could also be used in combination with your smartphone's magnetometer to turn certain gestures into actions. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Soon You Could Unlock Your Phone With Your Clothes," 3 Nov. 2017 The tags were fitted with several instruments: pressure sensors to measure depth; magnetometers to record orientation with respect to Earth’s magnetic field; accelerometers to measure movement; and microphones to record chatter. The Economist, "When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?," 14 June 2018 In addition to taking photos on the surface of the moon, the spacecraft will measure its magnetic field at the landing site, using a magnetometer installed on it. Israel Kasnett, Jewish Journal, "Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon," 11 July 2018 The research, conducted in cooperation with scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, will use a magnetometer on the spacecraft to attempt to understand how the rocks on the moon received their magnetism. Yonat Friling, Fox News, "Israel to launch its first spacecraft to the moon," 10 July 2018 Today, speculators like Miklos equip themselves with everything from sophisticated magnetometers to underwater lasers and night-vision goggles. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "'Cooper's Treasure' and the Gray Area of Wreck Hunting," 21 June 2018 More magnetometers: Travelers added several metal detectors at the entrance to hopefully cut down on the wait time to enter the tournament. Shawn Mcfarland,, "From Food To Fan-Friendliness, Here's What's New At the 2018 Travelers Championship," 19 June 2018 In addition to beginning bag checks in February, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts added magnetometers and occasionally employs sniffer dogs. David Lyman,, "Ticket? Check. Show up? Check. Aronoff confronts real-world concerns? Bag check.," 6 June 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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mag·ne·tom·e·ter | \ˌmag-nə-ˈtäm-ət-ər \

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, -ˌnet- \ adjective
magnetometry \ˌmag-nə-ˈtäm-ə-trē \ noun plural magnetometries

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