electroscope

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. electroretinogram,
  2. electroretinograph,
  3. electroretinography,
  4. electrorheology,
  5. electroscission,
  6. electrosensitive,
  7. electroshock,
  8. electroshock therapy,
  9. electrosmosis,
  10. electrostatic

Origin of electroscope

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

Related formse·lec·tro·scop·ic [ih-lek-truh-skop-ik] /ɪˌlɛk trəˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective

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electroscope

/ (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌskəʊp) /

noun

an apparatus for detecting an electric charge, typically consisting of a rod holding two gold foils that separate when a charge is applied
Derived Formselectroscopic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈskɒpɪk), adjective

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