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galvanometer

[gal-vuh-nom-i-ter]
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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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Examples from the Web for galvanometer

Historical Examples

  • 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.

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

  • The galvanometer before which Devin was seated apparently agreed.

    The Ultimate Weapon

    John Wood Campbell

  • Reverse the coil and the galvanometer swings in the opposite direction.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower


British Dictionary definitions for galvanometer

galvanometer

noun
  1. any sensitive instrument for detecting or measuring small electric currents
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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.

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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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