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

Examples of anemometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Independent analyses published in 2009 and 2010 found that recent readings from weather station anemometers were lower than those taken in the 1960s and 1950s. Peter Fairley, IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2010 After that, city officials mandated anemometers — instruments that measure wind speed and direction — along the route. Winnie Hu Emma Rose Milligan, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 There’s even an anemometer on top of the stage to measure wind speeds. Nicole Kagan,, 14 July 2023 The highest winds recorded on Guam were 105 mph before the anemometer broke. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 24 May 2023 Two other appealing features are the solar panel on the sensor and the unique anemometer that detects subtle shifts in wind chill and direction. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023 Sensors The sensors that typically come with a weather station include a thermometer, a barometric pressure measure, an anemometer to measure wind speeds and pressure, and a hygrometer to measure relative humidity. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023 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

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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 15 Apr. 2024.

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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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