Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An instrument for measuring voltage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a device used to detect and measure static electricity; an electroscope
  • n. a precision voltmeter that draws almost no current from the circuit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for measuring the quantity or intensity of electricity; also, sometimes, and less properly, applied to an instrument which indicates the presence of electricity (usually called an electroscope).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for measuring difference of electrostatic potential between two conductors. See potential.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. meter to measure electrostatic voltage differences; draws no current from the source

Etymologies

electro- + -meter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her sensitive awareness to subtle natural effects were such that Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William's friend and fellow poet, considered her to be the equivalent of a perfect "electrometer" -- a "fragile piece of gold" able to measure tiny changes in electrical pulses.

    Friend, Soulmate and Sister

  • In the mid-1880s, Pierre Curie had used minuscule quartz crystals to craft an instrument called an electrometer, capable of measuring exquisitely small doses of energy.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • In the Memoirs of the Roman Academy of Sciences for 1857 he published a description of his new divided ring electrometer, which is based on the old electroscope of Bohnenberger and since then he has introduced

    Heroes of the Telegraph

  • The latest case follows a complaint from two women, one of whom says she was manipulated into handing over 20,000 euros for costly products, including an "electrometer" to measure mental energy.

    Raw Story

  • The latest case follows a complaint from two women, one of whom says she was manipulated into handing over €20 000 for costly products, including an "electrometer" to measure mental energy.

    Mail & Guardian Online

  • He also developed numerous other instruments, including the manometer, cyanometer, diaphonometer, anemometer and mountain eudiometer, the first electrometer (1766), a device for measuring electric potential by means of attraction or repulsion of charged bodies, and the first hygrometer, utilizing a human hair to measure humidity (1783).

    De Saussure, Horace Bénédict

  • She says she was pressured to spend more than $28,000 for courses, books, illegally prescribed drugs and an “electrometer” that was supposed to measure fluctuations in her mental state, according to the BBC.

    Scientology Facing Murky Future in France

  • In a postscript, he added, "I bring with me a sensitive thread electrometer with a voltammeter and my institute in Göteborg Högskola, Sweden, will provide me with the necessary resources for my work."

    Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna

  • Pierre and Paul-Jacques Curie had already devised an electrometer in the early 1880s based on the piezoelectric effect of quartz crystals.

    Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna

  • In the light of the new and slowly emerging field of radiation physics, Marie employed the Curie electrometer in her research, equipped it with an ionization chamber, and transformed it into a reliable tool for ionization measurements.

    Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna

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