- Electricity. an instrument for measuring inductance, consisting essentially of an inductor with two or more coils whose relative position may be changed to vary the inductance.
- an instrument for indicating a change in a component of a magnetic field vector, especially one related to the earth's magnetic field.
- Aeronautics. an instrument that indicates the rate of climb or descent.
Origin of variometer
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Examples from the Web for variometer
The rotor of a variometer or variocoupler is a rotating coil.
But, anyway, weve made enough to know the difference between a variometer and a condenser.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass
A new type of variometer has what is known as a basket weave, or wavy wound stator and rotor.
To be really efficient a variometer must have a small resistance and a large inductance as well as a small dielectric loss.
A wiring diagram of a variometer is shown at A in Fig. 54 and a basketball variometer is shown complete at B.
- an instrument for measuring variations in a magnetic field, used esp for studying the magnetic field of the earth
- electronics a variable inductor consisting of a movable coil mounted inside and connected in series with a fixed coil
- a sensitive rate-of-climb indicator, used mainly in gliders
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