Definitions

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

  • noun A spectroscope equipped with scales for measuring wavelengths or indexes of refraction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An instrument used chiefly to measure the angular deviation of light-rays in passing through a prism, and hence to determine the refractive indices of the substance of which the prism is formed.

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

  • noun (Physics) A spectroscope fitted for measurements of the luminious spectra observed with it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun analytical chemistry An optical instrument for measuring the absorption of light by chemical substances; typically it will plot a graph of absorption versus wavelength or frequency, and the patterns produced are used to identify the substances present, and their internal structure.

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

  • noun spectroscope for obtaining a mass spectrum by deflecting ions into a thin slit and measuring the ion current with an electrometer

Etymologies

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spectro- + -meter

Examples

  • One of the things they use to help analyze this is something we call the spectrometer and what this basically does is measures wavelengths of light.

    CNN Transcript Nov 14, 2009

  • That afternoon I was ferried to the mountaintop and introduced to the telescopes and the spectrometer, which is affixed to the base of the big mirror like an oversize parasite to its host.

    First Contact

  • Chamitoff said Endeavour was the first shuttle to bring a piece of the space station into space, and now it is going to carry up the spectrometer, which is the station's final major piece of external hardware.

    Shuttle Endeavour's Mission and the Seach for Origins of Universe

  • That afternoon I was ferried to the mountaintop and introduced to the telescopes and the spectrometer, which is affixed to the base of the big mirror like an oversize parasite to its host.

    First Contact

  • The spectrometer is a large particle physics experiment package that is expected to shed light on the nature and evolution of the universe.

    Space shuttle Endeavour rolls out to launch pad for the last time

  • He does chemical analysis on athletes using an ICP spectrometer, which is used in a variety of fields.

    BALCO investigation timeline

  • Hi clament, the water is detected by a device called a spectrometer google this for more information, one of astronomy's best tools and shown on the graphs below the picture.

    LCROSS Confirms "Buckets" of Water on the Moon | Universe Today

  • Sitting on the shelf opposite the spectrometer was a three-inch binder of red vinyl.

    The Sum of all Fears

  • At the heart of the spectrometer is a 3-foot, doughnut-shaped magnet.

    The Seattle Times

  • At the heart of the spectrometer is a 3-foot, doughnut-shaped magnet.

    latimes.com - News

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