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sensor

[ sen-sawr, -ser ]
/ ˈsɛn sɔr, -sər /
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noun
a mechanical device sensitive to light, temperature, radiation level, or the like, that transmits a signal to a measuring or control instrument.
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Origin of sensor

First recorded in 1925–30; sense + -or2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sensor

censer, censor, censure, sensor
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British Dictionary definitions for sensor

sensor
/ (ˈsɛnsə) /

noun
anything, such as a photoelectric cell, that receives a signal or stimulus and responds to it

Word Origin for sensor

C19: from Latin sēnsus perceived, from sentīre to observe
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Medical definitions for sensor

sensor
[ sĕnsər, -sôr′ ]

n.
A device, such as a photoelectric cell, that receives and responds to a signal or stimulus.
sense organ
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