an·​e·​mom·​e·​ter | \ ˌa-nə-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce anemometer (audio) \

Definition of anemometer

: an instrument for measuring and indicating the force or speed and sometimes direction of the wind

Examples of anemometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officers were checking seven wind-detection machines, known as anemometers, as the balloons proceeded down the route from West 77th Street and Central Park West to the grandstand at Herald Square. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade: Phew! Giant Balloons Fly — Just Not Very High," 28 Nov. 2019 The Police Department also has seven wind-monitoring devices, called anemometers, to measure gusts along the route., "If the giant balloons are grounded, Veras said, it would be only the second time in the history of the Macy’s parade that they were forbidden from taking flight. The first was in 1971, when a cold, wet, and windy Thanksgiving kept the balloons on the ground.," 27 Nov. 2019 Each platform is fitted with an anemometer, which measures wind speed, and an alarm sounds if the speeds reach 30 mph. Los Angeles Times, "British Open: These daring photographers get the shot from a God’s-eye view," 19 July 2019 This technology isn’t perfect—software still hiccups, anemometers still break—but El Faro’s black box has commemorated the crew in a way nothing else could. Craig Fehrman, Outside Online, "The Long Shadow of One of Our Worst Disasters at Sea," 16 May 2018 El Faro didn’t even have a working anemometer, a wind-speed gauge. Douglas Preston, New York Times, "A Disaster at Sea, Animated by 26 Hours of Black-Box Recordings," 1 May 2018 In addition to filming, Maravelias was also recording wind speeds with two anemometers. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Peak wind gust in Friday’s nor’easter was 97 mph, and this guy got it on video," 6 Mar. 2018 In the case of the Alpine Meadows gust, however, two wind-measuring anemometers survived the storm and had similar readings for the gust that buffeted Ward Peak, elevation 8,637 feet. Amy Graff, San Francisco Chronicle, "California has a new wind-speed record: 199 mph," 11 Jan. 2018 The wireless outdoor sensor features a thermometer, hygrometer, wind speed anemometer, wind direction vane and a self-emptying rainfall collector cup in a unit that is mounted on the roof. Chuck Fieldman,, "Clarendon Hills adds weather station to public work building," 1 May 2017

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circa 1728, in the meaning defined above

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“Anemometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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: an instrument for measuring the speed of the wind

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