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

Examples of thermocouple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To test heat retention, a thermocouple (a thin, wire-like thermometer) is inserted into each mug. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2022 This is a pocket-sized version of the thermocouple above—and it’s also a hit, with an average 4.8 stars from more than 12,780 customers. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2021 Your pilot light can go out because of a build-up of debris or because your thermocouple goes out. Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2021 Your thermocouple is right next to your pilot light and can stop working because there is no metal to metal contact. Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2021 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, 21 Oct. 2020 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, 21 Oct. 2020 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, 21 Oct. 2020 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, 21 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of thermocouple

1890, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2022

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“Thermocouple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermocouple. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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