absolute instrument

absolute instrument

[′ab·sə‚lüt ′in·strə·mənt]
(engineering)
An instrument which measures a quantity (such as pressure or temperature) in absolute units by means of simple physical measurements on the instrument.
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"Indeed, a free media is also an absolute instrument of civil control," she added.
"Free election, real political competition are the absolute instruments of civil control," she said.
In contrast to the launched WMAP satellite, the PLANCK satellite will have on board absolute instruments which will not be able to detect the measured temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background.