• WordNet 3.6
    • n sensor any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dutch engineers have developed a computerized machine that allows a cow to milk itself. Each cow in the herd has a computer chip in its collar. If the computer senses that the cow has not been milked in a given period of time, the milk-laden animal is allowed to enter the stall. The robot sensors locate the teats, apply the vacuum devices, and the cow is milked. The machine costs a mere $250,000 and is said to boost milk production by 15%.
    • a Sensor Sensory; as, the sensor nerves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sensor Sensory.
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In literature:

This sensor is about fourteen miles from Ermin.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII." by Robert Kerr
The sensor cuts out most of this anyway.
""Same old Bill, eh Mable!"" by Edward Streeter
Each 'pilot has its sensors locked onto your ship.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
And if you ask her for the thrust on Hot Rod, she hasn't got any sensors out there.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
They do not have heat sensors, so they stumble around in the dark and trip over things like children.
"The Double Spy" by Dan T. Moore
As Marcelina helped him, he began attaching sensors to the patient's body.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
More annoying, however, was the checkerboard of taped-on sensors on her upper body, for the ongoing phonocardiogram.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
He knew where you could get plans for the robotics, and off-the-shelf motors and sensors.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow

In news:

For every problem, there is a sensor.
A Guide for Users to Determine Which of the Several Wireless Sensor Systems Is Best Suited to Use In Their Plants.
Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of a sensor that can instantly tell whether someone has Type I diabetes.
Swiss startup puts MEMS sensor, ASIC, RF link in a tiny package that gathers and sends real-time data.
The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) has deployed 70 SpeedInfo Doppler radar sensors along important routes to provide real-time traffic information.
Such low- datarate (LDR) applications, which typically operate at 10 kb/s, include wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and wireless body-area networks (WBANs).
A new type of melt-pressure sensor from Dynisco Plastics, Franklin, Mass.
Balluff is finding new ways to improve mounting fasteners for sensors to adapt to a variety of new situations for OEMs and system integrators.
The machine uses sensors to choose strawberries of the right color and size.
Smart sensors harvest radio-frequency energy.
High-power radios, high-density I/O for industrial sensor networks.
New Test Method for Evaluating Emergency Response Robot Capabilities: Sensors: Audio: Speech Intelligibility (Two-Way).
Cindy Bir, a professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, waits to board crash dummies wired with sensors onto a 727.
Mini-Probe Thermistors and RTD Sensors.
Mini-probe thermistors and RTD sensors, part of the ST-MP* Series, are designed for applications requiring a small sensor with a fast thermal response in a demanding environment.

In science:

Only pixels in the lower right corner of the sensor are bonded to the FPIX0, which is smaller than the sensor.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
Sensor observations are dependent across sensors, and the sensor network output across different states of the environment is neither identically nor independently distributed.
Sensing Capacity for Markov Random Fields
For a given D , C (D) represents the maximum ratio of the total number of target positions under observation to the number of sensors, such that below this ratio, there exist sensor networks whose average probability of error goes to zero as the number of possible target positions and sensors goes to in finity.
Sensing Capacity for Markov Random Fields
Since the number of targets sensed by a target depends only on the sensor range, we write the number of targets in a sensor’s coverage as |Sc |.
Sensing Capacity for Markov Random Fields
The ‘ideal output vector’ of the sensor network x depends on the sensor connections, sensing function, and on the target field f .
Sensing Capacity for Markov Random Fields