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metal detector

noun [C] uk   us  
a machine that you move over the ground or a surface to discover if there is metal there: He walks around fields and beaches with his metal detector, hoping to find buried treasure. a machine that you walk through at places such as airports, to discover if you are carrying anything dangerous or illegal:
Translations of “metal detector”
in Chinese (Traditional) 金屬探測器…
in Chinese (Simplified) 金属探测器…
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