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maser

[mey-zer] /ˈmeɪ zər/
noun
1.
a device for amplifying electromagnetic waves by stimulated emission of radiation.
Compare laser.
Origin of maser
1950-1955
1950-55; m(icrowave) a(mplification by) s(timulated) e(mission of) r(adiation)
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  • Rhazes quoted maser Djawah freely and evidently trusted his declarations implicitly.

  • The mazer-bowls were made from maple-wood, so named from the German maser, a spotted wood.

    Cups and their Customs George Edwin Roberts
  • "Don't try and buff me, dinAlt," the maser barrel pushed harder against his back.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
British Dictionary definitions for maser

maser

/ˈmeɪzə/
noun
1.
a device for amplifying microwaves, working on the same principle as a laser
Word Origin
C20: m(icrowave) a(mplification by) s(timulated) e(mission of) r(adiation)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for maser
n.

1955, acronym from "microwave amplification (by) stimulated emission (of) radiation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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maser in Science
maser
  (mā'zər)   
Short for microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A device that generates coherent microwaves using the same principles as a laser. Masers are used in a variety of applications, including in atomic clocks. Natural masers are found in outer space when water or other substances are excited by radiation from a star or by the energy of a collision.
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