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An instrument designed to measure thermal conductivity; in particular, one that compares the rates at which different rods transmit heat.

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An instrument used to measure ocean current velocities based on their electrical effects in the magnetic field of the earth.


An instrument which measures the cooling power of the air, consisting of a metal cylinder electrically heated to maintain a constant temperature; the electrical heating power required is taken as a measure of the air's cooling power.


An instrument designed to measure the amount of light transmitted through a transparent substance, using a photocell or other light detector.


  1. An instrument used to measure continuously or at intervals a condition that must be kept within prescribed limits, such as radioactivity at some point in a nuclear reactor, a variable quantity in an automatic process control system, the transmissions in a communication channel or bank, or the position of an aircraft in flight. 2. To use meters or special techniques to measure such a condition. 3. A person who watches a monitor.


An instrument with a recording device used to measure work capacity of muscles.


An instrument used to measure the thickness of a material, for example, a sheet of paper.


Instrument used to measure degree of moisture in the atmosphere.


An instrument that utilizes electrical means to measure temperature, such as a thermocouple or resistance thermometer.


An instrument used to measure minute deformations in materials in structural models.

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