Definitions for thermometerθərˈmɒm ɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ther•mom•e•terθərˈmɒm ɪ tər(n.)

  1. an instrument for measuring temperature, often a sealed glass tube containing a column of liquid, as mercury, that expands and contracts with temperature changes, the temperature being read where the top of the column coincides with a calibrated scale on the tube or frame.

    Category: Meteorology, Physics

Origin of thermometer:


ther•mo•met•ricˌθɜr məˈmɛ trɪk(adj.)ther`mo•met′ri•cal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thermometer(noun)

    measuring instrument for measuring temperature

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thermometer(noun)θərˈmɒm ɪ tər

    a device used to measure temperature

    What does the thermometer say?; a meat thermometer


  1. thermometer(Noun)

    An apparatus used to measure temperature.

  2. Origin: From thermomètre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thermometer(noun)

    an instrument for measuring temperature, founded on the principle that changes of temperature in bodies are accompained by proportional changes in their volumes or dimensions


  1. Thermometer

    A thermometer is a device that measures temperature or temperature gradient using a variety of different principles. A thermometer has two important elements: the temperature sensor in which some physical change occurs with temperature, plus some means of converting this physical change into a numerical value. There are many types and many uses for thermometers, as detailed below in sections of this article.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Thermometer

    An instrument for indicating the intensity of heat. Three scales of degrees of heat are used in practise, the Fahrenheit, Réamur, and Centigrade, each of which is described under its own title. (See Zero, Thermometric-Zero, Absolute.) The ordinary thermometer depends on the expansion of mercury; in some cases alcohol is used. Besides these the compound bar principle as used in the thermostat (see Thermostat, Electric) is employed.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A short, glass tube that regulates the weather--and usually does a poor job.

Translations for thermometer

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an instrument (usually a thin, glass tube with eg mercury in it) used for measuring temperature, especially body temperature

The nurse took his temperature with a thermometer.

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