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noun, plural hertz, hertz·es.
the standard unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI), equal to one cycle per second. Abbreviation: Hz
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Origin of hertz

First recorded in 1925–30; named after H. R. Hertz

Other definitions for hertz (2 of 2)

Hertz
[ hurts, hairts; German herts ]
/ hɜrts, hɛərts; German hɛrts /

noun
Gu·stav [goos-tahf], /ˈgʊs tɑf/, 1887–1975, German physicist: Nobel Prize 1925.
Hein·rich Ru·dolph [hahyn-rikh-roo-dawlf], /ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈru dɔlf/, 1857–94, German physicist.

OTHER WORDS FROM Hertz

Hertz·i·an [hurt-see-uhn, hairt-], /ˈhɜrt si ən, ˈhɛərt-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hertz (1 of 2)

hertz
/ (hɜːts) /

noun plural hertz
the derived SI unit of frequency; the frequency of a periodic phenomenon that has a periodic time of 1 second; 1 cycle per secondSymbol: Hz

Word Origin for hertz

C20: named after Heinrich Rudolph Hertz

British Dictionary definitions for hertz (2 of 2)

Hertz
/ (hɜːts, German hɛrts) /

noun
Gustav (ˈɡʊstaf). 1887–1975, German atomic physicist. He provided evidence for the quantum theory by his research with Franck on the effects produced by bombarding atoms with electrons: they shared the Nobel prize for physics (1925)
Heinrich Rudolph (ˈhainrɪç ˈruːdɔlf). 1857–94, German physicist. He was the first to produce electromagnetic waves artificially

Derived forms of Hertz

Hertzian, adjective
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Scientific definitions for hertz

hertz
[ hûrts ]

The SI derived unit used to measure the frequency of vibrations and waves, such as sound waves and electromagnetic waves. One hertz is equal to one cycle per second. The hertz is named after German physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894).
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Cultural definitions for hertz

hertz
[ (hurts) ]

The international unit of frequency: one cycle per second. The abbreviation for hertz is Hz.

notes for hertz

Household current (see also current) in the United States is sixty hertz.
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