pyrheliometer

[ pahyuh r-hee-lee-om-i-ter, pir- ]
/ ˌpaɪər hi liˈɒm ɪ tər, ˌpɪr- /

noun Astrophysics.

an instrument for measuring the total intensity of the sun's energy radiation.

Nearby words

  1. pyretotherapy,
  2. pyrex,
  3. pyrexia,
  4. pyrgeometer,
  5. pyrgologist,
  6. pyribenzamine,
  7. pyric,
  8. pyridic,
  9. pyridine,
  10. pyridium

Origin of pyrheliometer

First recorded in 1860–65; pyr- + helio- + -meter

Related formspyr·he·li·o·met·ric [pahyuh r-hee-lee-uh-me-trik, pir-] /ˌpaɪər hi li əˈmɛ trɪk, ˌpɪr-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pyrheliometer

pyrheliometer

/ (pəˌhiːlɪˈɒmɪtə) /

noun

an instrument for measuring the intensity of the sun's radiant energy
Derived Formspyrheliometric (pəˌhiːlɪəʊˈmɛtrɪk), adjective

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Science definitions for pyrheliometer

pyrheliometer

[ pīr′hē-lē-ŏmĭ-tər ]

An instrument used to measure the total amount of radiation from the Sun that hits a surface. It works by converting the Sun's heat into a voltage that is then recorded by a voltmeter.
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