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dɪˈtɛk tərde·tec·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detector, sensor, sensing elementnoun

    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

  2. detector, demodulatornoun

    rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave

  3. detectornoun

    electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity

Wiktionary

  1. detectornoun

    A device capable of registering a specific substance or physical phenomenon.

    Smoke detectors are mandatory in public buildings.

Wikipedia

  1. detector

    A sensor is a device that produces an output signal for the purpose of sensing a physical phenomenon. In the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, machine, or subsystem that detects events or changes in its environment and sends the information to other electronics, frequently a computer processor. Sensors are always used with other electronics. Sensors are used in everyday objects such as touch-sensitive elevator buttons (tactile sensor) and lamps which dim or brighten by touching the base, and in innumerable applications of which most people are never aware. With advances in micromachinery and easy-to-use microcontroller platforms, the uses of sensors have expanded beyond the traditional fields of temperature, pressure and flow measurement, for example into MARG sensors. Analog sensors such as potentiometers and force-sensing resistors are still widely used. Their applications include manufacturing and machinery, airplanes and aerospace, cars, medicine, robotics and many other aspects of our day-to-day life. There is a wide range of other sensors that measure chemical and physical properties of materials, including optical sensors for refractive index measurement, vibrational sensors for fluid viscosity measurement, and electro-chemical sensors for monitoring pH of fluids. A sensor's sensitivity indicates how much its output changes when the input quantity it measures changes. For instance, if the mercury in a thermometer moves 1 cm when the temperature changes by 1 °C, its sensitivity is 1 cm/°C (it is basically the slope dy/dx assuming a linear characteristic). Some sensors can also affect what they measure; for instance, a room temperature thermometer inserted into a hot cup of liquid cools the liquid while the liquid heats the thermometer. Sensors are usually designed to have a small effect on what is measured; making the sensor smaller often improves this and may introduce other advantages.Technological progress allows more and more sensors to be manufactured on a microscopic scale as microsensors using MEMS technology. In most cases, a microsensor reaches a significantly faster measurement time and higher sensitivity compared with macroscopic approaches. Due to the increasing demand for rapid, affordable and reliable information in today's world, disposable sensors—low-cost and easy‐to‐use devices for short‐term monitoring or single‐shot measurements—have recently gained growing importance. Using this class of sensors, critical analytical information can be obtained by anyone, anywhere and at any time, without the need for recalibration and worrying about contamination.

ChatGPT

  1. detector

    A detector is a device or instrument designed to sense, measure, and indicate the presence or absence of a particular entity or substance, often by converting physical occurrences such as light, heat, sound, or radioactivity into signals that can be observed, recorded, or analyzed. The type of entity or substance detected may range from particles, radiation, chemicals, to various forms of energies. Detectors are used in a wide array of fields, from science and engineering to medicine, security, and environmental monitoring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detectornoun

    one who, or that which, detects; a detecter

  2. Etymology: [L., a revealer.]

Wikidata

  1. Detector

    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

  1. Detector

    A portable galvanometer, often of simple construction, used for rough or approximate work.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detector in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detector in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of detector in a Sentence

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    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.

  2. Lynnell Frenning-Wallace:

    This lady from Holland contacted me through Facebook Messenger and said her father was looking with a metal detector in the area of Market Garden in Holland and he found my dad’s helmet from World War 2, i said I would pay the postage on it and he said, ‘absolutely not, I will send it free of charge’.

  3. Elisa Resconi:

    If the characterization of the site proves to be excellent, one could consider how a full-scale neutrino observatory might be deployed on a relatively fast timescale thanks to the existing deep-water infrastructure, a neutrino detector array operated in the Pacific would ideally complement IceCube and its second generation at South Pole.

  4. Tom DeLuca:

    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,'.

  5. Don Crawley:

    It was my first visit to this farmers land in Suffolk, after walking up an incline in the field, my Deus detector gave off a strong signal and within a short space of time I had recovered over 93 coins.

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