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barometer

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noun ba·rom·e·ter \bə-ˈrä-mə-tər\

Simple Definition of barometer

  • : an instrument that is used to measure air pressure and predict changes in the weather

  • : something that is used to indicate or predict something

Full Definition of barometer

  1. 1 :  an instrument for determining the pressure of the atmosphere and hence for assisting in forecasting weather and for determining altitude

  2. 2 :  something that indicates fluctuations (as in public opinion) <housing sales and other economic barometers>

  3. 3 :  standard, test <a barometer to measure high school talent — Jeff Fellenzer>

baro·met·ric play \ˌber-ə-ˈme-trik, ˌba-rə-\ adjective
baro·met·ri·cal·ly play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ba·rom·e·try play \bə-ˈrä-mə-trē\ noun

Examples of barometer

  1. <a legendary Broadway flop that has subsequently become the barometer by which failure in the theater is judged>



Circa 1666

First Known Use of barometer

circa 1666



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