quad·​ru·​pole | \ ˈkwä-drə-ˌpōl How to pronounce quadrupole (audio) \

Definition of quadrupole

: 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, "Earth’s Mysterious Magnetic Field, Stored in a Jar," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of quadrupole

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadrupole

International Scientific Vocabulary quadri- + pole

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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 3 Aug. 2020.

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