- a device for detecting the presence and determining the sign of electric charges by means of electrostatic attraction and repulsion, often between two pieces of gold leaf enclosed in a glass-walled chamber.
Origin of electroscope
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I now show you by this electroscope that these charges are unlike in character.
The leaves of the latter will separate showing that the electroscope is charged.Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
At the lower end of the tube are two gold leaves as in an electroscope.Perpetual Motion
This he appropriately called a versorium; we would call it an electroscope.Makers of Electricity
In its simplest form the electrometer is called the "electroscope."Marvels of Scientific Invention
Thomas W. Corbin
- an apparatus for detecting an electric charge, typically consisting of a rod holding two gold foils that separate when a charge is applied
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