Associations to the word «Detector»


DETECTOR, noun. A device capable of registering a specific substance or physical phenomenon.
DETECTOR, noun. An indicator showing the depth of the water in a boiler.
DETECTOR, noun. A galvanometer, usually portable, for indicating the direction of a current.
DETECTOR BAR, noun. (railways) A bar, connected with a switch, longer than the distance between any two consecutive wheels of a train, laid inside a rail and operated by the wheels so that the switch cannot be thrown until the entire train has passed the switch.
DETECTOR BARS, noun. Plural of detector bar
DETECTOR VAN, noun. (British) A vehicle, equipped with electronic instrumentation that can detect the oscillator of a domestic television; used by the licensing authority to check that a household with no TV licence does not have a television receiver

Dictionary definition

DETECTOR, noun. 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.
DETECTOR, noun. Rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave.
DETECTOR, noun. Electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity.

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