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scientific instrument

Definitions of scientific instrument
  1. noun
    an instrument used by scientists
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    accelerator, atom smasher, particle accelerator
    a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles
    console
    a scientific instrument consisting of displays and an input device that an operator can use to monitor and control a system (especially a computer system)
    hodoscope
    (physics) scientific instrument that traces the path of a charged particle
    kicksorter, pulse height analyzer
    scientific instrument consisting of an electronic circuit that permits only voltage pulses of predetermined height to pass
    cymograph, kymograph
    scientific instrument consisting of a rotating drum holding paper on which a stylus traces a continuous record (as of breathing or blood pressure)
    magnetograph
    a scientific instrument that registers magnetic variations (especially variations of the earth's magnetic field)
    magnifier
    a scientific instrument that magnifies an image
    microtome
    scientific instrument that cuts thin slices of something for microscopic examination
    strobe, strobe light, stroboscope
    scientific instrument that provides a flashing light synchronized with the periodic movement of an object; can make moving object appear stationary
    t-scope, tachistoscope
    scientific instrument used by psychologists; presents visual stimuli for brief exposures
    telemeter
    any scientific instrument for observing events at a distance and transmitting the information back to the observer
    betatron, induction accelerator
    accelerates a continuous beam of electrons to high speeds by means of the electric field produced by changing magnetic flux
    charge-exchange accelerator
    an accelerator in which high-energy ions escape from plasma following charge exchange
    Cockcroft and Walton accelerator, Cockcroft and Walton voltage multiplier, Cockcroft-Walton accelerator, Cockcroft-Walton voltage multiplier
    a high-voltage machine in which rectifiers charge capacitors that discharge and drive charged particles through an accelerating tube
    collider
    an accelerator in which two beams of particles are forced to collide head on
    cyclotron
    an accelerator that imparts energies of several million electron-volts to rapidly moving particles
    linac, linear accelerator
    ions are accelerated along a linear path by voltage differences on electrodes along the path
    microscope
    magnifier of the image of small objects
    scope, telescope
    a magnifier of images of distant objects
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    instrument
    a device that requires skill for proper use
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