Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic flux density, equal to one maxwell per square centimeter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A unit used to measure the intensity of a magnetic field.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Elec.) The C.G.S. unit of density of magnetic field, equal to a field of one line of force per square centimeter, being thus adopted as an international unit at Paris in 1900; sometimes used as a unit of intensity of magnetic field. It was previously suggested as a unit of magnetomotive force.
  • noun Karl F. Gauss, a German mathematician.

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  • noun The unit of magnetic field strength in cgs systems of units, equal to 0.0001 tesla.

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

  • noun a unit of magnetic flux density equal to 1 maxwell per square centimeter
  • noun German mathematician who developed the theory of numbers and who applied mathematics to electricity and magnetism and astronomy and geodesy (1777-1855)

Etymologies

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

[After Karl Friedrich Gauss.]

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Named for Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician and physicist.

Examples

  • You have to imagine the flash as a kind of gauss curve ... when it's not synced you see only up to 10% of power before the curtain is closed again.

    Strobist

  • Even before the smoke cleared, the first few rounds of gauss rifle fire came through the blown-open doors, spraying down the contents of the room.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • Even before the smoke cleared, the first few rounds of gauss rifle fire came through the blown-open doors, spraying down the contents of the room.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • By convention, these MASIS driven ships have a 3 mega-gauss “South Pole” electromagnet plate at their stern, and a similar “North Pole” in the bow.

    365 tomorrows » Patricia Stewart : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • I've been told by several people privy to Russian space primate studies that indicate that without at least 1/4 gee and 0.2 gauss magnetic field levels, the human body will NOT survive more than a year and that human conception may be impossible without these minimum stimuli.

    Dennis Wingo - Why Space? Why Now? - NASA Watch

  • By convention, these MASIS driven ships have a 3 mega-gauss “South Pole” electromagnet plate at their stern, and a similar “North Pole” in the bow.

    365 tomorrows » 2010 » March : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • Worst thing is, the habitat module took a direct hit from a gauss grenade.

    New Race

  • She had to wear mostly his clothes, since hers had been destroyed by the gauss grenade.

    New Race

  • You could have a 100 ton tumbling mass with a low overall gauss field associated with it, If you placed a small mass but ultra strong magnetic field generator near it, the more massive objet will experience all the stress involved and align itself to the stronger field.

    Asteroid Capture into Earth Orbit

  • To be sure, the magnetic fields in the stars are very much weaker than the 10,000 gauss of our experiment the sun's general field is estimated at between 1 and 25 gauss.

    Spacecraft Detects Mysterious "Ribbon" at Edge of Solar System | Universe Today

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