detector, sensor, sensing element(noun)
any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner
rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave
electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity
A device capable of registering a specific substance or physical phenomenon.
Smoke detectors are mandatory in public buildings.
one who, or that which, detects; a detecter
Origin: [L., a revealer.]
A detector is a device that recovers information of interest contained in a modulated wave. The term dates from the early days of radio when all transmissions were in Morse code, and it was only necessary to detect the presence of a radio wave using a device such as a coherer without necessarily making it audible. A more up-to-date term is demodulator, but "detector" has a history of many decades of use, even if it is a misnomer.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A portable galvanometer, often of simple construction, used for rough or approximate work.
The numerical value of detector in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of detector in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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We went out to the field with a metal detector, i hoped we might find some old plates or something for Daniel to show in school.
He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs, oh, he plea bargained. Got him off with time served in the county jail, he’d been in the county jail about two months.
Owners do not want the experience at their theater to be a negative one, and going through a metal detector and having their bags checked would become a big inconvenience, my gut tells me that people would say 'Why am I coming here? It must be dangerous. I don't want to bring my children to this theater, so we'll go somewhere else,'.
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