colorimeter

noun

col·​or·​im·​e·​ter ˌkə-lə-ˈri-mə-tər How to pronounce colorimeter (audio)
: 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
colorimetric adjective
colorimetrically adverb
colorimetry noun

Examples of colorimeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My review unit covered 99.4 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, according to my colorimeter. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2023 Our final test with the Klein colorimeter measures the screen's contrast ratio, meaning the difference in luminance between the brightest white and darkest black that a monitor can produce. PCMAG, 15 Sep. 2023 The level of acceptability was determined by flavor as well as analysis of chemical reactions detected by colorimeter readings. Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2016 In practice, turning the knobs on a colorimeter is similar to adjusting the color balance on photo editing software. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2015 The screen's max brightness of 404 nits and its 100 percent sRGB and 99.4 percent DCI-P3 gamut coverage (as measured by an i1Display Studio colorimeter) are all good, though. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2022 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

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colorimeter was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Colorimeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colorimeter. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

colorimeter

noun
col·​or·​im·​e·​ter ˌkəl-ə-ˈrim-ət-ər How to pronounce colorimeter (audio)
: a device for determining and specifying colors
especially : one used for chemical analysis by comparison of a liquid's color with standard colors

Medical Definition

colorimeter

noun
col·​or·​im·​e·​ter ˌkəl-ə-ˈrim-ət-ər How to pronounce colorimeter (audio)
: any of various instruments used to objectively determine the color of a solution
colorimetric adjective
colorimetrically adverb
colorimetry noun
plural colorimetries
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