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lie detector

a polygraph used to determine changes in certain body activities, as blood pressure, pulse, breathing, and perspiration, the results of which may be interpreted to indicate the truth or falsity of a person's answers under questioning.
Origin of lie detector
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was obviously a form of lie-detector—and Korvin felt himself marveling again at this race.

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  • He examined the indicators of the lie-detector with great care.

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  • They needed no words; the lie-detector was telling them, perfectly obviously, that he was speaking the truth.

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  • The Ruler flashed a look at the technicians handling the lie-detector.

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  • Korvin's guards were standing around doing nothing of importance now that their captor was strapped down in the lie-detector.

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British Dictionary definitions for lie-detector

lie detector

a polygraph used esp by a police interrogator to detect false or devious answers to questions, a sudden change in one or more involuntary physiological responses being considered a manifestation of guilt, fear, etc See polygraph (sense 1), galvanic skin response
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lie-detector in Medicine

lie detector n.
A polygraph used to detect possible deception during an interrogation.

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