po·​ten·​ti·​om·​e·​ter pə-ˌten(t)-shē-ˈä-mə-tər How to pronounce potentiometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring electromotive forces
potentiometric adjective

Examples of potentiometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Valve’s sticks use potentiometers instead, which are more vulnerable to drift. Wes Davis, The Verge, 22 Nov. 2023 Joy-Cons register movement when a small wiper inside the joystick module (potentiometer) moves across a small pad, changing resistance levels and altering the recorded voltage. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2023 There’s even little graphics on the panel to clue you in on the function each potentiometer controls. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Over the years, Shepard’s also made key modifications to Black’s guitars - installing new potentiometers and DiMarzio pickups, , which control volume and tone. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 17 Jan. 2020 Mikeasaurus wired these chips, along with their speakers, up to potentiometers and put the whole lot inside two furniture-moving disks from the dime-store. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, 23 Mar. 2011

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary potential + -o- + -meter

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of potentiometer was in 1868

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“Potentiometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potentiometer. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


po·​ten·​ti·​om·​e·​ter pə-ˌten-chē-ˈäm-ət-ər How to pronounce potentiometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring electromotive forces
potentiometric adjective

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