[ ih-lek-truh-skohp ]
/ ɪˈlɛk trəˌskoʊp /


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

First recorded in 1815–25; electro- + -scope

OTHER WORDS FROM electroscope

e·lec·tro·scop·ic [ih-lek-truh-skop-ik] /ɪˌlɛk trəˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for electroscope

/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌskəʊp) /


an apparatus for detecting an electric charge, typically consisting of a rod holding two gold foils that separate when a charge is applied

Derived forms of electroscope

electroscopic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈskɒpɪk), adjective
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