magnetometer

noun
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 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 The magnetometer embedded in Apple's cases for the iPhone 12 solves this problem by sensing and aligning the phone to the charging coil. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "Getting started with MagSafe, the iPhone 12's best new feature," 20 Nov. 2020 The magnetometer is an elegant solution to an irritating iPhone problem. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "Getting started with MagSafe, the iPhone 12's best new feature," 20 Nov. 2020 The MagSafe system also includes two sensors: a custom NFC and a magnetometer. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone 12 and 12 Pro double review: Playing Apple’s greatest hits," 29 Oct. 2020 These variances, recorded by a magnetometer, can be correlated to a map of the planet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force May Ditch GPS for Earth's Magnetic Field," 4 Aug. 2020 The orbiter is equipped with two cameras, a magnetometer, the Mars-Orbiting Subsurface Exploration Radar, Mars Mineralogy Spectrometer, Mars Ion and Neutral Particle Analyzer, and Mars Energetic Particle Analyzer, the researchers write. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Now on Its Way to Mars," 23 July 2020 There's an instrument that measures incident ions along the spacecraft's orbit, as well as a 13-foot-long boom, which has a vector field magnetometer and three startrackers attached at the halfway point. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Our Magnetic Field Is Acting Sketchy Again," 1 June 2020 Another surprise has come from data collected by InSight’s magnetometer, which has picked up on a local magnetic field about ten times stronger than researchers expected to see. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "InSight Lander’s First Big Batch of Data Reveals Mars’ Seismic Activity and Surprising Magnetism," 25 Feb. 2020 Today geophysicists can use a dramatic refinement of this old method—the airborne magnetometer. Scientific American, "Underground Oil Found from the Sky," 14 July 2020

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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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29 Dec 2020

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“Magnetometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetometer. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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magnetometer

noun
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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