2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Detector \De*tect"or\, noun [L., a revealer.] One who, or that which, detects; a detecter. --Shak.

A deathbed's detector of the heart. --Young.

2. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{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}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: 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 [syn: {detector}, {sensor}, {sensing element}]

2: rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave [syn: {detector}, {demodulator}]

3: electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity

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