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Princeton's WordNet

  1. audiometer, sonometernoun

    an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing


  1. sonometernoun

    An audiometer.


  1. sonometer

    A monochord, also known as sonometer (see below), is an ancient musical and scientific laboratory instrument, involving one (mono-) string (chord). The term monochord is sometimes used as the class-name for any musical stringed instrument having only one string and a stick shaped body, also known as musical bows. According to the Hornbostel–Sachs system, string bows are bar zithers (311.1) while monochords are traditionally board zithers (314). The "harmonical canon", or monochord is, at its least, "merely a string having a board under it of exactly the same length, upon which may be delineated the points at which the string must be stopped to give certain notes," allowing comparison.A string is fixed at both ends and stretched over a sound box. One or more movable bridges are then manipulated to demonstrate mathematical relationships among the frequencies produced. "With its single string, movable bridge and graduated rule, the monochord (kanōn [Greek: law]) straddled the gap between notes and numbers, intervals and ratios, sense-perception and mathematical reason." However, "music, mathematics, and astronomy were [also] inexorably linked in the monochord." As a pedagogical tool for demonstrating mathematical relationships between intervals, the monochord remained in use throughout the middle ages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sonometernoun

    an instrument for exhibiting the transverse vibrations of cords, and ascertaining the relations between musical notes. It consists of a cord stretched by weight along a box, and divided into different lengths at pleasure by a bridge, the place of which is determined by a scale on the face of the box

  2. Sonometernoun

    an instrument for testing the hearing capacity

  3. Etymology: [L. sonus a sound + -meter.]


  1. Sonometer

    A sonometer is an apparatus made of a hollow box having two holes. A string is attached to it by which the transverse vibrations of strings can be studied. It is also called the monochord because it often has only one string. On the wooden rectangular box are two fixed bridges, near the ends, and at one end is a pulley. A string,wire is fastened at one end, run over the bridges and the pulley, and attached to a weight holder hanging below the pulley. Weights can be added to the holder to produce tension in the wire, and a third, movable bridge, can be placed under it to change the length of the vibrating section of the string . It is commonly used in Melde's experiment. A sonometer demonstrates the relationship between the frequency of the sound produced by a plucked string, and the tension, length and mass per unit length of the string. These relationships are usually called Mersenne's law after Marin Mersenne, who investigated and codified them . For small amplitude vibration, the frequency is proportional to: ⁕The square root of the tension of the string ⁕The reciprocal of the square root of the linear density of the string, ⁕The reciprocal of the length of wire of sonometer

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sonometer

    sō-nom′e-tėr, n. an instrument for measuring sounds or their intervals by means of a sounding-board with strings stretched above it, movable bridges, and weights for varying the tension. [L. sonus, a sound, Gr. metron, a measure.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sonometer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sonometer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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