polarimeter

noun
po·​lar·​im·​e·​ter | \ ˌpō-lə-ˈri-mə-tər How to pronounce polarimeter (audio) \

Definition of polarimeter

1 : an instrument for determining the amount of polarization of light or the proportion of polarized light in a partially polarized ray
2 : a polariscope for measuring the amount of rotation of the plane of polarization especially by liquids

Other Words from polarimeter

polarimetric \ pō-​ˌler-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce polarimeter (audio) , pō-​ˌla-​rə-​ˈme-​trik \ adjective
polarimetry \ ˌpō-​lə-​ˈri-​mə-​trē How to pronounce polarimeter (audio) \ noun

Examples of polarimeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 Researchers have demonstrated optical devices such as spectrometers and polarimeters made from stacks of these flat surfaces. Alberto Moscatelli, Scientific American, 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of polarimeter

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polarimeter

International Scientific Vocabulary, from polarization

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The first known use of polarimeter was in 1843

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“Polarimeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polarimeter. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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polarimeter

noun
po·​lar·​im·​e·​ter | \ ˌpō-lə-ˈrim-ət-ər How to pronounce polarimeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of polarimeter

1 : an instrument for determining the amount of polarization of light or the proportion of polarized light in a partially polarized ray
2 : a polariscope for measuring the amount of rotation of the plane of polarization especially by liquids

Other Words from polarimeter

polarimetric \ pō-​ˌlar-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce polarimeter (audio) \ adjective
polarimetry \ ˌpō-​lə-​ˈrim-​ə-​trē How to pronounce polarimeter (audio) \ noun, plural polarimetries

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