One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘The stand-alone equipment is much like a metal detector in an airport: it scans the entire body.’
- ‘If I wore clothing that set off an airport metal detector I wouldn't mind being searched and I would understand the reason why.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As she entered the building, she was searched by the guards and went through the metal detector.’
- ‘The officer encouraged the man to pass through the metal detector a second time - and again the blade failed to be discovered.’
- ‘In September they returned, each armed with a metal detector, and searched the field after the farmer took out his crop.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Before entering the hospital, I pass through a metal detector and guards search my bag.’
- ‘Mr Black, who has been using his metal detector for eight years, said the group found the pan about a foot underground.’
- ‘On Monday of last week Thomas, his father Pat, and friend Bernard used a metal detector in their search.’
- ‘The woman guard complained that she was assaulted as she attempted a body search on Ross after a metal detector was triggered.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At 8.15 last night, the group went to board a flight to Singapore when one man set off a metal detector.’
- ‘I placed my belongings through the X-ray scanner and walked through the metal detector to fill out the form.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each of the officers, in his underwear, was searched and passed through a metal detector.’
- ‘Next he put all belongings with him through to be checked and walked through the metal detector - it gave a beep.’
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