Definitions for variometerˌvɛər iˈɒm ɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

var•i•om•e•terˌvɛər iˈɒm ɪ tər(n.)

  1. a two-coil inductor in which electrical inductance is varied by rotating one coil within the other.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  2. an adaptation of this used for detecting changes in the earth's magnetic field.

    Category: Geology, Electricity and Magnetism

Origin of variometer:

1895–1900; vari- (see various ) + -o - + -meter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. variometer(noun)

    a measuring instrument for measuring variations in a magnetic field


  1. variometer(Noun)

    An instrument used to measure variations in a magnetic field

  2. variometer(Noun)

    A rate-of-climb indicator


  1. Variometer

    A variometer is one of the flight instruments in an aircraft used to inform the pilot of the near instantaneous rate of descent or climb. It can be calibrated in knots, feet per minute or metres per second, depending on country and type of aircraft. In powered flight the pilot makes frequent use of the VSI to ascertain that level flight is being maintained, especially during turning maneuvers. In gliding, the instrument is used almost continuously during normal flight, often with an audible output, to inform the pilot of rising or sinking air. It is usual for gliders to be equipped with more than one type of variometer. The simpler type does not need an external source of power and can therefore be relied upon to function regardless of whether a battery or power source has been fitted. The electronic type with audio needs a power source to be operative during the flight. The instrument is of little interest during launching and landing, with the exception of aerotow, where the pilot will usually want to avoid releasing in sink.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Variometer

    An apparatus used in determining the relative values of the horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field in different places.


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