from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument for measuring the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An instrument used to measure the intensity and direction of a magnetic field, especially at points on the Earth's surface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for measuring the intensity of magnetic forces; also, less frequently, an instrument for determining any of the terrestrial magnetic elements, as the dip and declination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument used to measure magnetic forces or the strength of a magnetic field, especially one used to measure the intensity of the earth's magnetic force at any place.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a meter to compare strengths of magnetic fields
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Security Staff at Reagan Airport forced a seputgenerian Congressman to strip to his underwear, refusing to believe that the thing that was ringing the magnetometer was his artificial hip.
CAMPOS: Well, the information I've gotten is that we're closing terminals 4 through 8 because a-- one of the machines that they use to detect metal, it's called the magnetometer, hasn't been working since about, as near as they can find, about 5: 00 AM.
Once he isolated the ideal crystals, Tarduno used a device called a superconducting quantum interface device, or SQUID magnetometer, which is normally used to troubleshoot computer chips because it's extremely sensitive to the smallest magnetic fields.
Compass, has now been rendered obsolete by the iPhone 3G S, which has a built-in component called a magnetometer that gives the phone its own built-in compass.
The goal is to locate subsurface resources and to determine the geographic extent of the battlefield using GIS/GPS work, LiDAR and remote sensing methods such as magnetometer and soil resistivity surveys and archaeological testing.
By combing the iPhone 3.0 configuration files, MacRumors 'sources also found evidence of a "magnetometer," which could mean a digital compass, and "voice control," which could mean voice dialing.
By combing the iPhone 3.0 configuration files, MacRumors 'sources also found evidence of a "magnetometer", which could mean a digital compass, and "voice control", which could mean voice dialing.
Further digging into the various configuration files turned up references to an "auto-focus camera," "magnetometer," and "Voice Control."
Also, I don't know if I care or not, but I don't see any mention of a "magnetometer" which seems to be pretty common in high end phones these days.
In instances where a magnetometer was being utilized they were waved through without being screened after identifying themselves as federal law enforcement.