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.
- e·lec·tro·scop·ic [ih-lek-truh-skop-ik], /ɪˌlɛk trəˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective
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How to use electroscope in a sentence
At any time in the drift, an electroscope exposed outside became rapidly charged.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
The electroscope will now insulate well enough to show no appreciable collapse of the leaves in one or two hours' time.
The quartz electroscope is taken, and the insulating rod heated in the blow-pipe.
A charge is given to the electroscope, and the time required for a given degree of collapse of the leaves noted.
When a charged body is brought near the electroscope the leaves become charged similarly by induction.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
British Dictionary definitions for electroscope
an apparatus for detecting an electric charge, typically consisting of a rod holding two gold foils that separate when a charge is applied
- electroscopic (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈskɒpɪk), adjective
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