|—n , pl gauss|
|the cgs unit of magnetic flux density; the flux density that will induce an emf of 1 abvolt (10--8 volt) per centimetre in a wire moving across the field at a velocity of 1 centimetre per second. 1 gauss is equivalent to 10--4 tesla|
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n. pl. gauss or gauss·es
The centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic induction.
|gauss (gous) Pronunciation Key
The unit of magnetic flux density in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to one maxwell per square centimeter, or 10-4 tesla.
|Gauss, Carl Friedrich 1777-1855.
German mathematician, astronomer and physicist who introduced significant and rapid advances to mathematics with his contributions to algebra, geometry, statistics and theoretical mathematics. He also correctly calculated the orbit of the asteroid Ceres in 1801 and studied electricity and magnetism, developing the magnetometer in 1832. The gauss unit of magnetic flux density is named for him.