cymoscope

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • cymatoscope (philologically prescribed, but sees little actual use)

Etymology[edit]

First attested as cymatoscope in 1903 and as cymoscope in 1905; formed as cȳm- (the short stem of the Latin cȳma, from the Ancient Greek κῦμα (kûma), kūma, “wave”) + -o- +‎ -scope. Cymatoscope is philologically prescribed in place of cymoscope because it preserves the long stem (κῡμᾰτ- (kūmat-), kūmat-) of its ultimate Ancient Greek etymon, which properly does not form compounds on its short stem (κῡμ- (kūm-), kūm-).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cymoscope (plural cymoscopes)

  1. (wireless telegraphy, disused) A detector of electromagnetic waves.
    • 1905, Engineering LXXIX, page 742
      Apparatus belonging to any of these groups might all be called a cymoscope, or wave-detector.

References[edit]