polarimeter

[ poh-luh-rim-i-ter ]
/ ˌpoʊ ləˈrɪm ɪ tər /
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noun Optics.

an instrument for measuring the amount of light received from a given source as a function of its state of polarization.
a form of polariscope for measuring the angular rotation of the plane of polarization.

Nearby words

  1. polar sequence,
  2. polar star,
  3. polar vortex,
  4. polar wander,
  5. polari,
  6. polaris,
  7. polarisation,
  8. polariscope,
  9. polarise,
  10. polarity

Origin of polarimeter

1860–65; < Medieval Latin polāri(s) polar + -meter

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British Dictionary definitions for polarimeter

polarimeter

/ (ˌpəʊləˈrɪmɪtə) /

noun

an instrument for measuring the amount of polarization of light
an instrument for measuring the rotation of the plane of polarization of light as a result of its passage through a liquid or solutionSee optical activity
Derived Formspolarimetric (ˌpəʊlərɪˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivepolarimetry, noun

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