seis·​mom·​e·​ter | \ sīz-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce seismometer (audio) , 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 How to pronounce seismometric (audio) , ˌsīs-​ \ adjective

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To assess how Castleton manages, Dr. Moore taught Ms. Vollinger and Mr. Richman to use a seismometer. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Taking the Pulse of a Sandstone Tower in Utah," 17 Sep. 2019 Exploring lunar nova The lander is equipped with a seismometer to listen for moonquakes and a Langmuir probe that will measure fluctuations in the wispy plasma enveloping the lunar surface. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "'Failure is part of the game': Indian spacecraft presumed lost after moon landing attempt," 7 Sep. 2019 The lander carried a thermal probe to take the moon’s temperature up to 10 centimeters underground and was also equipped with a seismometer to monitor moonquakes, which could have provided important information about the moon’s deep interior. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "India Loses Contact with Lunar Lander," 6 Sep. 2019 This is the first time that a seismometer — which measures tremors in the planet — has ever been deployed on Mars, and researchers can’t wait to get their hands on the data that this instrument will send back. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 From 2011 to 2015, scientists boated out over different parts of the Juan de Fuca plate, dropped ocean-bottom seismometers underwater and let these sensors collect seismic data from earthquakes all over the world for a year. Laura Geggel, Scientific American, "We Could Be Witnessing the Death of a Tectonic Plate," 8 Aug. 2019 There’s always going to be a region that is not warnable and that’s from right where the earthquake begins to the nearest seismometer. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "Q&A: How Ridgecrest earthquakes helped scientists with ShakeAlert," 18 July 2019 The latest venture also retrieved six underwater seismometers that have been listening for earthquakes since February. National Geographic, "Strange waves rippled around Earth. Now we may know why.," 21 May 2019 Meanwhile, the existing seismometer needs repairs and batteries. Kari Bray, The Seattle Times, "‘Very high threat’ Snohomish County volcano may get new monitoring stations," 19 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of seismometer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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