cal·​o·​rim·​e·​ter | \ ˌka-lə-ˈri-mə-tər How to pronounce calorimeter (audio) \

Definition of calorimeter

: an apparatus for measuring quantities of absorbed or emitted heat or for determining specific heats

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Other Words from calorimeter

calorimetric \ ˌka-​lə-​rə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce calorimetric (audio) , kə-​ˌlȯr-​ə-​ \ adjective
calorimetrically \ ˌka-​lə-​rə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce calorimetrically (audio) , kə-​ˌlȯr-​ə-​ \ adverb
calorimetry \ ˌka-​lə-​ˈri-​mə-​trē How to pronounce calorimetry (audio) \ noun

Examples of calorimeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So Berlinguette and his students built four of the world's most precise calorimeters, devices that measure the heat given off by reactions taking place within them. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Cold fusion remains elusive—but these scientists may revive the quest," 29 May 2019 But Riley's most excited about a new cone calorimeter machine that measures the textile's peak heat release rate, total heat release, smoke density, and mass loss in a flash fire environment. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Futuristic Labs That Forge Gore-Tex," 28 Nov. 2016 After a night of fasting, participants entered the calorimeter promptly at 8:00am, and until 8:00am the following day they weren’t allowed to leave or exercise. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Will Cutting Calories Make You Live Longer?," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of calorimeter

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calorimeter

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin calor

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The first known use of calorimeter was in 1790

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“Calorimeter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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cal·​o·​rim·​e·​ter | \ ˌkal-ə-ˈrim-ət-ər How to pronounce calorimeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of calorimeter

: any of several apparatuses for measuring quantities of absorbed or evolved heat or for determining specific heats — see bomb calorimeter, oxycalorimeter

Other Words from calorimeter

calorimetric \ ˌkal-​ə-​rə-​ˈme-​trik; kə-​ˌlȯr-​ə-​, -​ˌlōr-​, -​ˌlär-​ How to pronounce calorimetric (audio) \ adjective
calorimetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce calorimetrically (audio) \ adverb
calorimetry \ ˌkal-​ə-​ˈrim-​ə-​trē How to pronounce calorimetry (audio) \ noun, plural calorimetries

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