from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument that simultaneously records changes in physiological processes such as heartbeat, blood pressure, and respiration, often used as a lie detector.
- transitive v. To test (a criminal suspect, for example) with a polygraph.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device which measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity while a series of questions is being asked to a subject, in an attempt to detect lies.
- n. An mechanical instrument for multiplying copies of a writing, resembling multiple pantographs.
- n. A collection of different works, either by one or several authors.
- v. To administer a polygraph test.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for multiplying copies of a writing; a manifold writer; a copying machine.
- n. In bibliography, a collection of different works, either by one or several authors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for multiplying copies of a writing; a gelatin copying-pad.
- n. An author of many works.
- n. A collection of different works written either by one or by different authors; a book containing articles or treatises on different subjects.
- n. A modified form of sphygmograph by which two or more tracings can be taken simultaneously.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a medical instrument that records several physiological processes simultaneously (e.g., pulse rate and blood pressure and respiration and perspiration)
And to ask someone to take a polygraph is a major thing, but she said she was willing to do it.
A Mr. Hawkins of Frankford, near Philadelphia, has invented a machine which he calls a polygraph, and which carries two, three, or four pens.
As Radford later described his work — in polygraph tests, sworn testimony, and interviews with historians and journalists — he spent 13 months illegally obtaining NSC documents and turning them over to his superiors, with the understanding that the two admirals were, in turn, funneling the materials to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and other top uniformed commanders.
a machine, which he calls a polygraph, and which carries two, three, or four pens.
For the closest relative that TV has among other machines is not the cinema projector or computer, but the polygraph, aka the lie detector.
NEJAME: Well, I think, in your experience and background, as you have said before, the strength of the polygraph is the strength of the person administering it.
GRACE: When you tell a judge your client passed a polygraph, that is it, you said.
I think the polygraph is a better investigative tool.
My suggestion is that we add to the camera and microphone another scientific device called the polygraph, which records emotional content in answering questions.
CALLER: Well, you touched on the polygraph, which is what I was originally going to ask.