Definitions for figure of merit
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word figure of merit
figure of merit(Noun)
A numerical value considered useful in comparing the quality of things.
Figure of merit
A figure of merit is a quantity used to characterize the performance of a device, system or method, relative to its alternatives. In engineering, figures of merit are often defined for particular materials or devices in order to determine their relative utility for an application. In commerce, such figures are often used as a marketing tool to convince consumers to choose a particular brand.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
Figure of Merit
In the case of a galvanometer, a coefficient expressing its delicacy. It is the reciprocal of the current required to deflect the needle through one degree. By using the reciprocal the smaller the current required the larger is the figure of merit. The same term may be applied to other instruments. It is often defined as the resistance of a circuit through which one Daniell's element will produce a deflection of one degree on the scale of the instrument. The circuit includes a Daniell's cell of resistance r, a rheostat R, galvanometer G and shunt S. Assume that with the shunt in parallel a deflection of a divisions is obtained. The resistance of the shunted galvanometer is (GS/G+S ; the multiplying power m of the shunt is S+G/S; the formula or figure of merit is m d (r+R +G S/G+S). The figure of merit is larger as the instrument is more sensitive. Synonym--Formula of Merit.
Translations for figure of merit
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for figure of merit »
Find a translation for the figure of merit definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these figure of merit definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"figure of merit." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/figure of merit>.