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galvanometer

[gal-vuhnom-i-ter]
noun
  1. an instrument for detecting the existence of small electric currents and determining their strength.
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Origin of galvanometer

First recorded in 1795–1805; galvano- + -meter
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Historical Examples of galvanometer

  • To indicate the effect, he included a galvanometer in the circuit of the battery and the button.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • An instrument which reveals this condition is called a galvanometer.

    Electricity for Boys

    J. S. Zerbe

  • A galvanometer (D) or other current-testing means is placed in this circuit.

    Electricity for Boys

    J. S. Zerbe

  • The galvanometer before which Devin was seated apparently agreed.

    The Ultimate Weapon

    John Wood Campbell

  • We can determine the relative strengths of two currents by the use of a galvanometer.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower


British Dictionary definitions for galvanometer

galvanometer

noun
  1. any sensitive instrument for detecting or measuring small electric currents
Derived Formsgalvanometric (ˌɡælvənəʊˈmɛtrɪk, ɡælˌvænə-) or galvanometrical, adjectivegalvanometrically, adverbgalvanometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for galvanometer
n.

1802, from comb. form of galvanism + -meter .

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

galvanometer in Science

galvanometer

[găl′və-nŏmĭ-tər]
  1. An instrument that detects small electric currents and indicates their direction and relative strength. Current flowing through the galvanometer passes through a coil near a magnetized needle on a pivot; the strength of the current in the coil regulates the strength of a magnetic field that displaces the needle. Galvanometers can be used directly as ammeters, and are the core element of many ohmmeters and voltmeters.
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| \ˌgal-və-ˈnä-mə-tər

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Definition of galvanometer 

: an instrument for detecting or measuring a small electric current by movements of a magnetic needle or of a coil in a magnetic field






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First Known Use of galvanometer

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galvanometer

galvan(ic) + -o- + -meter

Note:
Term apparently introduced by the British scientist William Haseldine Pepys (1775-1856) in "Description of a newly invented Galvanometer, and an Account of some Experiments with Voltaʼs Pile upon several of the Gases," The Philosophical Magazine, vol. 10 (1801), pp. 38-42.

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Medical Definition of galvanometer 

: an instrument for detecting or measuring a small electric current by movements of a magnetic needle or of a coil in a magnetic field

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Definition of ‘galvanometer’

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galvanometer in British

(ˌɡælvəˈnɒmɪtə
)

noun

any sensitive instrument for detecting or measuring small electric currents

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
Derived forms

galvanometric (ˌɡælvənəʊˈmɛtrɪk
, ɡælˌvænə-)
or galvanometrical (ˌgalvanoˈmetrical)

adjective
galvanometrically (ˌgalvanoˈmetrically)

adverb
galvanometry (ˌgalvaˈnometry)

noun
Word Frequency







galvanometer in American

(ˌgælvəˈnɑmətər
; galˌvənämˈətər)

noun

an instrument for detecting and measuring a small electric current
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Derived forms

galvanometric (ˌgalvanoˈmetric) (ˌgælvənoʊˈmɛtrɪk
; galˌvənōmeˈtrik)

adjective
(ˌgælvəˈnɑmətri
; galˌvənämˈətrē)

noun

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