seismometer

noun
seis·mom·e·ter | \sīz-ˈmä-mə-tər, sīs-\

Definition of seismometer 

: a seismograph measuring the actual movements of the ground (as on the earth or the moon)

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seismometric \ˌsīz-mə-ˈme-trik, ˌsīs- \ adjective

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This will allow InSight to measure heat flow which, in addition to analyzing the frequency and propagation patterns of Marsquakes that the seismometers detect, will provide a sort of x-ray of the Martian interior. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "NASA's InSight Lander Is About to Give Mars its First Health Checkup in 4.5 Billion Years," 4 May 2018 There are enough seismometers around these days to detect and locate nearly all earthquakes on land, except the most minuscule ones. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Seafloor fiber optic cables can work like seismometers," 15 June 2018 The moon still holds seismometers left behind by the 12 moonmen. Washington Post, "NASA sending robotic geologist to Mars to dig super deep," 2 May 2018 The moon still holds seismometers left behind by the 12 moonmen. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "InSight spacecraft has a deep mission in Martian soil," 2 May 2018 At 11:35 am, when Hirving Lozano scored the game-winning goal at a match in Russia, seismometers in Mexico City picked up a spike in seismic activity. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "No, World Cup Fans Didn't Trigger an Earthquake. Here's Why.," 18 June 2018 Van der Lee also reviewed professional data gathered from seismometers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and saw no noticeable uptick in seismic activity during the game, Newswise reported. Brandon Specktor, Washington Post, "Earthquake after Mexico beat Germany in soccer wasn’t caused by exuberant fans," 23 June 2018 The heart of the mission is the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), the exquisitely sensitive seismometer that can hear ocean noise from Colorado. Emily Lakdawalla, Popular Mechanics, "Meet InSight: The Mission To Measure Marsquakes and Unlock the Red Planet," 30 Apr. 2018 The seismometer had been mounted on top of the lander rather than in direct contact with Mars's surface. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, ""Marsquakes" Set to Reveal Tantalizing Clues to Planet's Early Years," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of seismometer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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