atomic clock Word Origin noun
- an extremely accurate electronic clock regulated by the resonance frequency of atoms or molecules of certain substances, as cesium.
Origin of atomic clock First recorded in 1935–40 British Dictionary definitions for atomic clock atomic clock noun
- an extremely accurate clock in which an electrical oscillator is controlled by the natural vibrations of an atomic or molecular system such as caesium or ammonia
atomic clock in Science atomic clock
- An extremely precise clock whose rate is controlled by a periodic process (such as vibration, or the absorption or emission of electromagnetic radiation) that occurs at a steady rate in atoms or molecules. The standard atomic clock is based on the vibrations of cesium atoms and is so accurate that it would gain or lose less than one second in three million years. Atomic clocks are used to help track satellites, run navigation systems, and study movements of the Earth’s crust.
atomic clock in Culture atomic clock
The most accurate clock available. Time is measured by the movement ofin cesium . The standard second is now defined by measurements on an atomic clock.