thermocouple

noun
ther·​mo·​cou·​ple | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌkə-pəl How to pronounce thermocouple (audio) \

Definition of thermocouple

: a device for measuring temperature in which a pair of wires of dissimilar metals (such as copper and iron) are joined and the free ends of the wires are connected to an instrument (such as a voltmeter) that measures the difference in potential created at the junction of the two metals

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Plug the thermocouple into the meter to read air temperature, or insert the temperature probe to take temperature readings of liquids, gels or to track the surface temperature of a gas dryer. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Digital Multimeter," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of thermocouple

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thermocouple was in 1890

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thermocouple

noun
ther·​mo·​cou·​ple | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌkəp-əl How to pronounce thermocouple (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermocouple

: a device for measuring temperature in which a pair of wires of dissimilar metals (as copper and iron) are joined and the free ends of the wires are connected to an instrument (as a voltmeter) that measures the difference in potential created at the junction of the two metals

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