quad·​ru·​pole ˈkwä-drə-ˌpōl How to pronounce quadrupole (audio)
: a system composed of two dipoles of equal but oppositely directed moment

Examples of quadrupole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The global magnetic field also has quadrupole and octopole components, which make its actual geometry something like a playground jack with extra spikes. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2017

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary quadri- + pole

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quadrupole was in 1922

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“Quadrupole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrupole. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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