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Meaning of DETECTOR

Pronunciation:  di'tektur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it
  2. [n]  electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity
  3. [n]  rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave

DETECTOR is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: demodulator, sensing element, sensor
 See Also: crystal detector, device, electric eye, electronic equipment, electronic scanner, magic eye, metal detector, mine detector, photocell, photoconductive cell, photoelectric cell, radio, radio receiver, radio set, receiving set, rectifier, scanner, tuner, wireless



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*tect"or\, n. [L., a revealer.]
    One who, or that which, detects; a detecter. --Shak.
          A deathbed's detector of the heart.      --Young.
    {Bank-note detector}, a publication containing a description
       of genuine and counterfeit bank notes, designed to enable
       persons to discriminate between them.
    {Detector lock}. See under {Lock}.
  2. \De*tect"or\, n. Specifically:
    (a) An indicator showing the depth of the water in a boiler.
    (b) (Elec.) A galvanometer, usually portable, for indicating
        the direction of a current.
    (c) (Elec.) Any of various devices for detecting the presence
        of electric waves.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: calorimeter, chemical detector, clinical thermometer, cryometer, electric thermometer, electronic counter, electronic detector, error corrector, error detector, galvanothermometer, gas thermometer, liquid-level sensor, meat thermometer, metal detector, photoelectric sorter, pyrometer, pyrometric cone, resistance pyrometer, sensor, telethermometer, temperature sensor, thermocouple, thermoelectrometer, thermometrograph, thermostat, ultrasonic detector