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de·tec·tor

 (dĭ-tĕk′tər)
n.
One that detects, especially a mechanical, electrical, or chemical device that automatically identifies and records or registers a stimulus, such as an environmental change in pressure or temperature, an electric signal, or radiation from a radioactive material.

detector

(dɪˈtɛktə)
n
1. a person or thing that detects
2. (Tools) any mechanical sensing device
3. (Electronics) electronics a device used in the detection of radio signals

de•tec•tor

(dɪˈtɛk tər)

n.
1. a person or thing that detects.
2. any of various devices for detecting and registering the presence of or a change in something.
3.
a. a device for detecting electric oscillations or waves.
b. a device, as a crystal detector or a vacuum tube, that rectifies the alternating current in a radio receiver.
[1535–45; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detector - any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive mannerdetector - 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
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
metal detector - detector that gives a signal when it detects the presence of metal; used to detect the presence of stray bits of metal in food products or to find buried metal
mine detector - detector consisting of an electromagnetic device; used to locate explosive mines
electric eye, magic eye, photocell, photoconductive cell, photoelectric cell - a transducer used to detect and measure light and other radiations
trace detector - a screening device for traces of explosives; used at airline terminals
2.detector - rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wavedetector - rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave
radio receiver, radio set, receiving set, tuner, radio, wireless - an electronic receiver that detects and demodulates and amplifies transmitted signals
rectifier - electrical device that transforms alternating into direct current
3.detector - electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity
crystal detector - a detector consisting of a fine wire in contact with a galena crystal; acts as a rectifier
electronic equipment - equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
radio receiver, radio set, receiving set, tuner, radio, wireless - an electronic receiver that detects and demodulates and amplifies transmitted signals
electronic scanner, scanner - a radio receiver that moves automatically across some selected range of frequencies looking for some signal or condition; "they used scanners to monitor police radio channels"
Translations

detector

[dɪˈtektəʳ]
A. N (= gadget) → detector m
B. CPD detector van N (Brit) → camioneta f de detección (de televisores sin licencia)

detector

[dɪˈtɛktər] ndétecteur m metal detector

detector

n (Rad, Tech) → Detektor m

detector

[dɪˈtɛktəʳ] nrivelatore m, detector m inv
radiation detector → indicatore m di radiazioni

de·tec·tor

n. detector, revelador, descubridor.
References in classic literature ?
A mistrust of established reputations was strictly in character with the Assistant Commissioner's ability as detector.
So that I hope I may with justice pronounce myself an author perfectly blameless; against whom the tribes of Answerers, Considerers, Observers, Reflectors, Detectors, Remarkers, will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents.
Browse Metal detector Market Report spread through 150 Pages at http://www.
If yours doesn't have a "replace by" sticker on the outside, rotate the body of the detector and detach it from its base.
The Stryker PM will initially input the M88 detector into the Department of Defense Radiation Testing and Tracking System (DODRATTS) Unique Item Tracking (UIT) database when it is handed off to units.
The NIJ standard is a difficult standard to meet, but those manufacturers willing to commit resources and engineering effort toward meeting this standard will produce a detector worthy of selection by any agency.
Muons passing through empty cavities travel to a detector located beneath the monument.
Whereas photomultiplier tubes have delicate glass housings, the new detector is made of rugged materials.
If the electron and the proton are detected in the same hemisphere, the asymmetry is rather insensitive to the electron energy and thus insensitive to the detector calibration and resolution.
One system offers an infrared detector that reacts to temperatures as low as 400[degrees]C, 250[degrees]C, or even 175[degrees]C.
We knew that we had developed a good system but we wanted to improve the reliability and create easy access for users, and improve scheduling for detector calibration and reporting.
In sodium iodide units, radiation interacts with a gas in the detector to create an electronic pulse.