po·​ten·​ti·​om·​e·​ter | \ pə-ˌten(t)-shē-ˈä-mə-tər How to pronounce potentiometer (audio) \

Definition of potentiometer

1 : an instrument for measuring electromotive forces

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Other Words from potentiometer

potentiometric \ pə-​ˌten(t)-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce potentiometric (audio) \ adjective

Examples of potentiometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "An Alabama guitar craftsman’s next chapter," 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, "Wristwatch Turntable Bends Circuits, Impresses Girls," 23 Mar. 2011

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First Known Use of potentiometer

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potentiometer

International Scientific Vocabulary potential + -o- + -meter

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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 2 Dec. 2020.

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po·​ten·​ti·​om·​e·​ter | \ pə-ˌten-chē-ˈäm-ət-ər How to pronounce potentiometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of potentiometer

: an instrument for measuring electromotive forces

Other Words from potentiometer

potentiometric \ -​ch(ē-​)ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce potentiometric (audio) \ adjective

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