gradiometer

[grey-dee-om-i-ter]

noun Physics.

any instrument used to measure a gradient, as the rate of change of the geomagnetic field.Compare gradient(def 3a).

Nearby words

  1. gradient post,
  2. gradient wind,
  3. gradienter,
  4. gradin,
  5. gradine,
  6. gradual,
  7. gradualism,
  8. gradually,
  9. graduand,
  10. graduate

Origin of gradiometer

First recorded in 1800–10; gradi(ent) + -o- + -meter

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British Dictionary definitions for gradiometer

gradiometer

noun

physics an instrument for measuring the gradient of a magnetic field
surveying an instrument used to ensure that a long gradient remains constant
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