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metal detector

an electronic device for detecting the presence of metal objects, as one used as a portable sweeping unit or one emplaced in an archway at an airport terminal to detect concealed weapons, explosives, etc. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for metal detector
  • When you go through a metal detector at the airport with a conductor such as keys in your pocket, the alarm goes off.
  • As with everything else, have your bag of medicines ready to hand to the officer at the metal detector.
  • After an hour, the metal detector squeaks, then emits a louder shriek.
  • It is best if you wear your hearing device while going through the metal detector.
  • Let you know when you will be going through the metal detector.
  • Unfortunately, a metal detector alone cannot distinguish between a gun and a large metal belt buckle.
  • Visual inspection of the surface will be done, when possible, concurrently with the metal detector survey.
  • Shoes or boots that contain metal will not clear the metal detector and will have to be removed.
  • In addition, certain clothing and accessories can set off an alarm on the metal detector and slow you down.
  • No under-wire bras due to metal detector sensitivity.
British Dictionary definitions for metal detector

metal detector

a device that gives an audible or visual signal when its search head comes close to a metallic object embedded in food, buried in the ground, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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