[ ur-sted ]
/ ˈɜr stɛd /

noun Electricity.

the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic intensity, equal to the magnetic pole of unit strength when undergoing a force of one dyne in a vacuum. Abbreviation: Oe
(formerly) the unit of magnetic reluctance equal to the reluctance of a centimeter cube of vacuum between parallel surfaces. Abbreviation: Oe



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Origin of oersted

First recorded in 1875–80; named after H. C. Oersted

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Definition for oersted (2 of 2)

[ ur-sted; Danish œr-stith ]
/ ˈɜr stɛd; Danish ˈœr stɪð /


Hans Chris·tian [hahns -kris-tyahn], /hɑns ˈkrɪs tyɑn/, 1777–1851, Danish physicist.
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British Dictionary definitions for oersted

/ (ˈɜːstɛd) /


the cgs unit of magnetic field strength; the field strength that would cause a unit magnetic pole to experience a force of 1 dyne in a free space. It is equivalent to 79.58 amperes per metreSymbol: Oe

Word Origin for oersted

C20: named after H. C. Oersted (1777–1851), Danish physicist, who discovered electromagnetism
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Medical definitions for oersted

[ ûrstĕd′ ]


The centimeter-gram-second electromagnetic unit of magnetic intensity, equal to the magnetic intensity one centimeter from a unit magnetic pole.
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Scientific definitions for oersted (1 of 2)

[ ûrstĕd′ ]

The unit of magnetic field strength in the centimeter-gram-second system. A unit magnetic monopole in a magnetic field with a strength of one oersted would be subjected to a force of one dyne. It is equal to 79.577 amperes per meter.

Scientific definitions for oersted (2 of 2)

Hans Christian 1777-1851

Danish physicist who is credited as the founder of the science of electromagnetism. Oersted established the connection between electric current and magnetic force when he accidentally discovered that a compass's magnetic needle is deflected at right angles when placed next to a conductor carrying an electric current. The oersted unit of magnetic field strength is named after him.
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