an·​e·​mom·​e·​ter ˌa-nə-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce anemometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring and indicating the force or speed and sometimes direction of the wind

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On top of that, the instrument the man was using, an anemometer, broke. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 15 Mar. 2021 More advanced systems can have all that, plus all or a selection of these: a rain gauge, an anemometer for measuring wind speed and direction, a barometer, and an actinometer for checking UV index and solar radiation. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 4 Jan. 2021 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, 28 Nov. 2019 The Police Department also has seven wind-monitoring devices, called anemometers, to measure gusts along the route., 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, 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, 16 May 2018 El Faro didn’t even have a working anemometer, a wind-speed gauge. Douglas Preston, New York Times, 1 May 2018 In addition to filming, Maravelias was also recording wind speeds with two anemometers. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anemometer was circa 1728

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“Anemometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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an·​e·​mom·​e·​ter ˌan-ə-ˈmäm-ət-ər How to pronounce anemometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring the force or speed of the wind

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