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SENSOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sensor mean? 

SENSOR (noun)
  The noun SENSOR has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SENSOR used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SENSOR (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

detector; sensing element; sensor

Hypernyms ("sensor" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sensor"):

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)


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