Definitions for barometerbəˈrɒm ɪ tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barometer(noun)

    an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure


  1. barometer(Noun)

    An instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure

  2. barometer(Noun)

    Anything used as a gauge or indicator.

  3. Origin: From βάρος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barometer(noun)

    an instrument for determining the weight or pressure of the atmosphere, and hence for judging of the probable changes of weather, or for ascertaining the height of any ascent


  1. Barometer

    A barometer is a scientific instrument used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure. Pressure tendency can forecast short term changes in the weather. Numerous measurements of air pressure are used within surface weather analysis to help find surface troughs, high pressure systems, and frontal boundaries.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Barometer

    An apparatus for measuring the pressure exerted by the atmosphere. It consists, in the mercurial form, of a glass tube, over 31 inches long, closed at one end, filled with mercury and inverted, with its open end immersed in a cistern of mercury. The column falls to a height proportional to the pressure of the atmosphere from 30 to 31 inches at the sea level. The "standard barometer" is a height of the mercury or of the "barometric column" of 30 inches or 760 centimeters, measured from the surface of the mercury in the cistern. The column of mercury is termed the barometric column. Above it in the tube is the Torricellian vacuum. [Transcriber's note: More accurately, 29.92 inches of mercury or 14.696 PSI.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ayn Rand:

    Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.

  2. Ambrose Bierce:

    Barometer, n. An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.

  3. Mike Chinoy:

    A key barometer of how angry the Chinese are will be how much and in what way they try to water down any U.N. resolution.

  4. Hendrik Willem Van Loon:

    The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.

  5. James Abate:

    Stocks are now trading based on economic and profit activity and oil represents a very good barometer of economic activity.

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