[ muhl-tee-spek-truhl, muhl-tahy- ]

  1. (of an airborne camera or scanner) capable of sensing and recording radiation from invisible as well as visible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Origin of multispectral

First recorded in 1965–70; multi- + spectral

Words Nearby multispectral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use multispectral in a sentence

  • By comparing strain rates derived from Sentinel-1’s radar readings to multispectral images captured by Landsat satellites, she’s found that increasing strain rates often foreshadow the spread of a crack through ice.

    Frozen | Alice Dragoon | August 24, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
  • Although we can’t directly view Earth’s core, Psyche will use a multispectral imager, an instrument that uses filters and two cameras to obtain high-resolution geologic, compositional, and topographical data from the asteroid.

  • Rocks containing limonite, a hydrous iron oxide, may be identified readily from Landsat multispectral Scanner data.

    Deserts | A. S. Walker