col·​or·​im·​e·​ter | \ ˌkə-lə-ˈri-mə-tər How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \

Definition of colorimeter

: an instrument or device for determining and specifying colors specifically : one used for chemical analysis by comparison of a liquid's color with standard colors

Other Words from colorimeter

colorimetric \ ˌkə-​lə-​rə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \ adjective
colorimetrically \ ˌkə-​lə-​rə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \ adverb
colorimetry \ ˌkə-​lə-​ˈri-​mə-​trē How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \ noun

Examples of colorimeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the lower-resolution screen was impressive for an IPS panel, with a 443 nit peak brightness and 1,391:1 contrast ratio (as measured by our i1 Display Studio colorimeter). Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 The same image with the LCD filter enabled reaches a mere 29 nits when measured by a Spyder 5 colorimeter in the same spot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2021 That also means a relatively bright screen—our Spyder 5 Pro colorimeter measured the maximum brightness of the Ryzen 4700u powered SF314-42 at only 160 nits. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2020 Our Spyder 5 colorimeter reads the Swift 3's display at full brightness at 160 nits—which is, as other outlets have reported, less bright than average for laptop displays. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 2 Sep. 2020 Our primary measurement tool for this guide was a Datacolor Spyder5Elite colorimeter and its accompanying software. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2019 The display produces rich colors and gets decently bright (Google wouldn't provide the maximum brightness in nits, but our colorimeter measured 362 nits at full brightness). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2018 At one stop on the first floor of an old apartment building, Edwards ran a sample of water through a portable colorimeter. WIRED, 28 May 2017 Their soon-to-launch chemistry app turns the phone’s camera into a sensor so the phone can be used as a spectrophotometer or a colorimeter. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, 7 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of colorimeter

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colorimeter

borrowed from French colorimètre, from Latin color color entry 1 + -i- -i- + French -mètre -meter

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“Colorimeter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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col·​or·​im·​e·​ter | \ ˌkəl-ə-ˈrim-ət-ər How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of colorimeter

: any of various instruments used to objectively determine the color of a solution

Other Words from colorimeter

colorimetric \ ˌkəl-​ə-​rə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \ adjective
colorimetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \ adverb
colorimetry \ ˌkəl-​ə-​ˈrim-​ə-​trē How to pronounce colorimeter (audio) \ noun, plural colorimetries


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