Gal`va*nom"e*ter (?), n. [Galvanic + -meter: cf. F. galvanometre.] Elec.
An instrument or apparatus for measuring the intensity of an electric current, usually by the deflection of a magnetic needle.
Differential galvanometer. See under Differental, a. -- Sine galvanometer, Cosine galvanometer, Tangent galvanometer Elec., a galvanometer in which the sine, cosine, or tangent respectively, of the angle through which the needle is deflected, is proportional to the strength of the current passed through the instrument.
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