gauss
[ gous ]
/ gaʊs /

noun Electricity.
the centimetergramsecond unit of magnetic induction, equal to the magnetic induction of a magnetic field in which one abcoulomb of charge, moving with a component of velocity perpendicular to the field and equal to one centimeter per second, is acted on by a force of one dyne; 1 maxwell per square centimeter or 10−4 weber per square meter. Symbol: G
(formerly) oersted(def 1).
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Origin of gauss
First recorded in 1880–85; named after K. F. Gauss
Definition for gauss (2 of 2)
Gauss
[ gous ]
/ gaʊs /
noun
Karl Frie·drich [kahrl freedrikh] /kɑrl ˈfri drɪx/, 1777–1855, German mathematician and astronomer.
Related formsGauss·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gauss (1 of 2)
gauss
/ (ɡaʊs) /
noun plural gauss
the cgs unit of magnetic flux density; the flux density that will induce an emf of 1 abvolt (10 –8 volt) per centimetre in a wire moving across the field at a velocity of 1 centimetre per second. 1 gauss is equivalent to 10 –4 tesla
Word Origin for gauss
after Karl Gauss
British Dictionary definitions for gauss (2 of 2)
Gauss
/ (German ɡaus) /
noun
Karl Friedrich (karl ˈfriːdrɪç). 1777–1855, German mathematician: developed the theory of numbers and applied mathematics to astronomy, electricity and magnetism, and geodesy
Derived FormsGaussian (ˈɡaʊsɪən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for gauss
gauss
C.G.S. unit of intensity of a magnetic field, 1882, named for German mathematician Karl Friedrich Gauss (17771855). Related: Gaussage.
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Medicine definitions for gauss
gauss
[ gous ]
n. pl. gauss
The centimetergramsecond unit of magnetic induction.
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Science definitions for gauss (1 of 2)
gauss
[ gous ]
The unit of magnetic flux density in the centimetergramsecond system, equal to one maxwell per square centimeter, or 104 tesla.
Science definitions for gauss (2 of 2)
Gauss
Carl Friedrich 17771855
German mathematician, astronomer and physicist who introduced significant and rapid advances to mathematics with his contributions to algebra, geometry, statistics and theoretical mathematics. He also correctly calculated the orbit of the asteroid Ceres in 1801 and studied electricity and magnetism, developing the magnetometer in 1832. The gauss unit of magnetic flux density is named for him.
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