magnetometer[mag′nə täm′ət ər]
magnetometer definition by Webster's New World
- an instrument for measuring magnetic forces, esp. the earth's magnetic field
- an instrument for detecting the presence of magnetic materials by their influence on the local magnetic field: often used to screen for weapons at airports, etc.
Origin: magneto- plush -meter
magnetometer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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An instrument for measuring the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field.
- magˌne·to·metˈric adjective
- magˌne·tomˈe·try noun
magnetometer - Science Definition
An instrument for measuring the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field. Magnetometers are often used in archaeological and geological investigations to determine the intensity and direction of the Earth's magnetic field at various times in the past by examining the strength and direction of magnetization of ferromagnetic materials in different geological strata. See also magnetic reversal.