metal detector

noun

plural metal detectors
: a device that detects the presence of hidden metal: such as
a
: a security device that scans individuals for dangerous objects (such as weapons)
I boarded the plane armed with several frying thermometers, which set off the metal detectorJeffrey Steingarten
Once inside the theater, the crowd had to pass through an airport-style metal detector as a security precaution.Richard Zoglin
b
: a handheld apparatus that uses electrical induction (see induction sense 4c) to detect the presence of metallic objects (such as coins or jewelry) buried a short distance underground
A local man using a metal detector stumbled upon the site last March. He found two copper brooches, or pins, measuring four inches across.Time for Kids

Examples of metal detector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call on June 26 that two suspicious men were spotted walking at a group of Indigenous mounds carrying a metal detector and a pickaxe. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 9 July 2024 These men arrived almost at once at the courthouse Friday morning, passing through the metal detector one by one, even the district attorney was forced to remove his belt by an officer who did not recognize him. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2024 Given the nature of the case, the court has increased security at the Oakland courtroom, requiring people to show identification and go through a second metal detector to enter the gallery. Sierra Lopez, The Mercury News, 27 June 2024 Ceramic knife blades that can be used as weapons and evade metal detectors were also recovered, the sources said. Graham Rayman, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for metal detector 

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metal detector was in 1880

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“Metal detector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metal%20detector. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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