tesla

noun

tes·​la ˈte-slə How to pronounce tesla (audio)
: a unit of magnetic flux density in the meter-kilogram-second system equivalent to one weber per square meter

Examples of tesla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the magnets in the rapid cycling synchrotrons must change fields by several tesla almost instantly. Byadrian Cho, science.org, 28 Mar. 2024 For example, the material’s maximum saturation flux density, a measure of how strongly magnetized the material can become, is 1.5 teslas—well below the 2 T limit of ordinary electric steel. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2024 The magnet demonstrated a magnetic field that measured 20 tesla. IEEE Spectrum, 15 July 2023 These scanners can range from below 0.55 tesla (T) to 3 T and beyond, where tesla is the unit for the static magnetic field strength. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023 The magnetic field reached twenty tesla. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Here, in a community space open to the public, were microscopes, pipettes, centrifuges, a PCR machine, an industrial freezer, an enormous tesla coil, and a few dozen exuberant people delighted to show me around and teach me. Guest, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2015 The permanent magnets generate only 0.055 tesla, so no magnetic shielding is needed (standard MRI scanners use 1.5- or 3-tesla fields). Simon Makin, Scientific American, 16 Dec. 2021 The plan was to run a current through it, resulting in a magnetic field of twenty tesla. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Nikola Tesla

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tesla was in 1958

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“Tesla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tesla. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

tesla

noun
tes·​la ˈtes-lə How to pronounce tesla (audio)
: a unit of magnetic flux density in the mks system equivalent to one weber per square meter

Biographical Definition

Tesla

biographical name

Tes·​la ˈte-slə How to pronounce Tesla (audio)
Nikola 1856–1943 American (Croatian-born) electrical engineer and inventor

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