from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device that senses the presence of metal, especially:
- n. A hand-held unit used in searching an area for coins or other metal objects.
- n. A gatelike structure through which a person passes, used in detecting concealed weapons such as guns and knives.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hand-held device that uses electromagnetic induction to detect buried metal.
- n. A structure, similar to a doorway, through which people pass; an alarm is sounded if the person is carrying a metal object, as this may indicate a weapon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. detector that gives a signal when it detects the presence of metal; used to detect the presence of stray bits of metal in food products or to find buried metal
Zoe Lang flicked him a glance and thrust the metal detector into his arms.
The guard behind the metal detector tells us that arraignments are handled by Judge Barreiro on the third floor, and with a beefy, heavily tattooed arm, he points us to the elevator.
“Walk forward, let’s go,” commands a border patrolwoman, pushing me toward a metal detector that doesn’t work.
He knew that she'd had to pass through a metal detector even to get into the waiting area of the city jail, so there was no weapon in the purse she tossed on the floor of the Boxster's passenger side.