Definition of metal detector in English:

metal detector


  • An electronic device that gives an audible or other signal when it is close to metal, used for example to search for buried objects or to detect hidden weapons.

    • ‘An additional limb in front is equipped with a metal detector and radar to find mines, a second sprays paint on the ground to mark the spot.’
    • ‘In September they returned, each armed with a metal detector, and searched the field after the farmer took out his crop.’
    • ‘Before entering the hospital, I pass through a metal detector and guards search my bag.’
    • ‘If I wore clothing that set off an airport metal detector I wouldn't mind being searched and I would understand the reason why.’
    • ‘As she entered the building, she was searched by the guards and went through the metal detector.’
    • ‘Mr Black, who has been using his metal detector for eight years, said the group found the pan about a foot underground.’
    • ‘At 8.15 last night, the group went to board a flight to Singapore when one man set off a metal detector.’
    • ‘Each of the officers, in his underwear, was searched and passed through a metal detector.’
    • ‘Security had been stepped up again, so I couldn't go in to a building without getting my bags scanned and a metal detector run over my body.’
    • ‘The stand-alone equipment is much like a metal detector in an airport: it scans the entire body.’
    • ‘One woman had so much metal in her face it must have been a nightmare if she ever came up close to a metal detector or a large magnet.’
    • ‘I placed my belongings through the X-ray scanner and walked through the metal detector to fill out the form.’
    • ‘Like other passengers, they will have to go through a metal detector and security check.’
    • ‘If I'm not allowed to carry a cell phone through the metal detector, fine.’
    • ‘The officer encouraged the man to pass through the metal detector a second time - and again the blade failed to be discovered.’
    • ‘On Monday of last week Thomas, his father Pat, and friend Bernard used a metal detector in their search.’
    • ‘Recently I was forced to take off my shoes on my sixth attempt to get past the metal detector on a domestic flight to Dubbo.’
    • ‘The woman guard complained that she was assaulted as she attempted a body search on Ross after a metal detector was triggered.’
    • ‘Next he put all belongings with him through to be checked and walked through the metal detector - it gave a beep.’
    • ‘The bomber told soldiers at the crossing point that she would set off a metal detector because she had an implant from surgery to repair a broken leg.’