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pitot tube

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noun, often capitalized P pi·tot tube \ˈpē-ˌtō-\

Definition of pitot tube

  1. 1 :  a device that consists of a tube having a short right-angled bend which is placed vertically in a moving body of fluid (as air) with the mouth of the bent part directed upstream and that is used with a manometer to measure the velocity of fluid flow

  2. 2 :  pitot-static tube



Origin of pitot tube

French (tube de) Pitot, from Henri Pitot †1771 French physicist


First Known Use: circa 1859


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pitot tube

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noun , often capitalized P pi·tot tube \ˌpē-ˌtō-\

Medical Definition of pitot tube

  1. :  a device that consists of a tube having a short right-angled bend which is placed vertically in a moving body of fluid with the mouth of the bent part directed upstream and that is used with a manometer to measure the velocity of fluid flow (as in a blood vessel)



Biographical Note for pitot tube

Pitot \pē-tō\, Henri (1695–1771), French hydraulic engineer. Pitot began his career in the chemical laboratory at the Academy of Sciences in Paris. During his two decades at the academy he published a number of papers addressing minor questions in astronomy, geometry, and mechanics, especially hydraulics. In 1735 he published a paper announcing his invention of the Pitot tube.


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