magnetometer

noun
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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This set of magnetometers will measure magnetic variation throughout the spacecraft's orbit, which rangers from out beyond Venus to a close distance of 9 solar radii, or only 3.85 million miles from the photosphere. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 Their svelte form factor conceals accelerometers, magnetometers, temperature sensors, a GPS unit, and gyroscopes. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Awesome tiny gyroscope promising but not ready for prime time," 9 Nov. 2018 The lander was carrying four experiments: the MASCAM camera and a radiometer, both made by the DLR; a magnetometer built by the Technical University of Braunschweig; and an infrared spectrometer made by the French space agency, CNES. Megan Gannon, Space.com, "'Crazy' Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Lander Images," 13 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of magnetometer

1827, in the meaning defined above

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magnetometer

noun
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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