accelerometer

noun

ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter ik-ˌse-lə-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce accelerometer (audio)
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: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

Examples of accelerometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The app combines this typing data with information from the phone’s accelerometer to determine how the user is oriented and moving—for example, whether the user is likely lying down in bed—which yields more clues about mood. IEEE Spectrum, 19 May 2024 Additionally, devices often have motion-detecting accelerometers or gyroscopes, which sense the device’s position, Greg Potter, PhD, a sleep researcher and wellness speaker from Worcester, England, told Health. Kristen Fischer, Health, 12 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for accelerometer 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French accéléromètre, from accélérer "to accelerate" (borrowed from Latin accelerāre) + -o- -o- + -mètre -meter

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accelerometer was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Accelerometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accelerometer. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

accelerometer

noun
ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter ik-ˌsel-ə-ˈräm-ət-ər How to pronounce accelerometer (audio)
ak-
: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

Medical Definition

accelerometer

noun
ac·​cel·​er·​om·​e·​ter ik-ˌsel-ə-ˈräm-ət-ər, ak- How to pronounce accelerometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring acceleration or for detecting and measuring vibrations

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