EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun an instrument for detecting the existence of small electric currents and determining their strength.
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To indicate the effect, he included a
galvanometer in the circuit of the battery and the button.
An instrument which reveals this condition is called a
galvanometer (D) or other current-testing means is placed in this circuit.
galvanometer before which Devin was seated apparently agreed.
We can determine the relative strengths of two currents by the use of a
galvanometer. British Dictionary definitions for galvanometer noun any sensitive instrument for detecting or measuring small electric currents Derived Forms galvanometric ( ˌɡælvənəʊˈmɛtrɪk, ɡælˌvænə-) or galvanometrical, adjective galvanometrically, adverb galvanometry, noun
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An instrument that detects small electric currents and indicates their direction and relative strength. Current flowing through the galvanometer passes through a coil near a magnetized needle on a pivot; the strength of the current in the coil regulates the strength of a magnetic field that displaces the needle. Galvanometers can be used directly as ammeters, and are the core element of many ohmmeters and voltmeters.
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