a device for measuring minute amounts of radiant energy by determining the changes of resistance in an electric conductor caused by changes in its temperature.
Origin of bolometer
1880–85;Related formsbo·lo·met·ric [boh-luh-me-trik] /ˌboʊ ləˈmɛ trɪk/, adjectivebo·lo·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
< Greek bol(ḗ
) ray + -o- + -meter
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Historical Examples of bolometer
A more careful study has been made by Langley and Very with the bolometer.
Later, Langley reinvestigated the radiation of Pyrophorus and could detect no heating whatever with the bolometer.
We have a heat-measuring instrument, the bolometer, which makes the best thermometer seem Early Victorian.
They may be investigated with the bolometer, an instrument invented by the late Professor Langley.
British Dictionary definitions for bolometer
Derived Formsbolometric (ˌbəʊləˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivebolometrically, adverbbolometry, noun
a sensitive instrument for measuring radiant energy by the increase in the resistance of an electrical conductor
Word Origin for bolometer
C19: from bol-, from Greek bolē ray of light, stroke, from ballein to throw + -meter
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