du·​rom·​e·​ter du̇-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce durometer (audio)
 also  dyu̇-
: an instrument for measuring hardness

Examples of durometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wheels break down into two numbers: The diameter (usually in millimeters) and the wheel hardness, often referred to as durometer. Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2023 The 80-millimeter wheels have a 78A durometer rating, enhancing grip and speed while giving the option to ride indoors without slipping on the hardwood. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2023 And much like the engine itself, the trans must also cope with harsh vibrations, so higher durometer rubber used in the mounts matches firmer suspension components throughout the rest of the chassis. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2022 The use of methyl ethyl ketone had increased scores so much that rules were put in place mandating a degree of coverstock hardness as measured by a device known as a Shore durometer. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 27 May 2021 Meanwhile the midsole of the shoe is dual durometer (two different degrees of firmness) to provide stability and responsiveness during horizontal weight shifts. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 Cast at 78a durometer, these wheels are deceptively fast despite their garbage truck-like appearance. Popular Science, 29 June 2020 On the mountain side, where Maxxis pretty much rules, there’s a tread pattern and rubber durometer for everyone, casings are tougher than ever, and tire weights are coming down. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, 25 June 2019 See More

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Word History


Latin durus hard

First Known Use

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of durometer was circa 1879

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“Durometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durometer. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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