tes·​la | \ ˈte-slə How to pronounce tesla (audio) \

Definition of tesla

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: a unit of magnetic flux density in the meter-kilogram-second system equivalent to one weber per square meter


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Tes·​la | \ ˈte-slə How to pronounce Tesla (audio) \

Definition of Tesla (Entry 2 of 2)

Nikola 1856–1943 American (Croatian-born) electrical engineer and inventor

Examples of tesla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Described in a letter to the journal Nature, the magnet reaches the strength of 45.5 teslas. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 19 June 2019 The field measured out to 1,200 teslas, a unit of magnetic measurement. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 27 Sep. 2018 The team doesn’t intend to stop at 32 teslas, however. Kyree Leary, NBC News, 20 Dec. 2017 The National MagLab has the world’s strongest hybrid magnet which reaches 45 tesla. Gary Fineout, The Seattle Times, 22 Aug. 2017 Here are some other happenings this weekend: ALL WEEKEND ‘TESLA: Staff Report, Orange County Register, 25 May 2017 Tesla records also show that 75 percent of the ambulance trips were unrelated to work injuries, for example, an illness or another pre-existing condition. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, 18 May 2017 Final adjusted numbers for my tesla power roof estimate. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, 10 May 2017 Tesla estimates that fill-ups for a trip from California to New York would cost around $120. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tesla


1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tesla


Nikola Tesla

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“Tesla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tesla. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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tes·​la | \ ˈtes-lə How to pronounce tesla (audio) \

Medical Definition of tesla

: a unit of magnetic flux density in the mks system equivalent to one weber per square meter

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