col·​or·​im·​e·​ter | \ˌkə-lə-ˈri-mə-tər \

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

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Other Words from colorimeter

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

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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, "Pixel Slate review: Paying the “Google” premium for Chrome OS," 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, "The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere.," 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, "This App Puts a Science Lab in Your Pocket," 7 Apr. 2017

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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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col·​or·​im·​e·​ter | \ˌkəl-ə-ˈrim-ət-ər \

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 \ adjective
colorimetrically \-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
colorimetry \ˌkəl-​ə-​ˈrim-​ə-​trē \ noun plural colorimetries

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