dy·​na·​mom·​e·​ter | \ ˌdī-nə-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce dynamometer (audio) \

Definition of dynamometer

1 : an instrument for measuring mechanical force
2 : an apparatus for measuring mechanical power (as of an engine)

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Other Words from dynamometer

dynamometric \ ˌdī-​nə-​mō-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce dynamometric (audio) \ adjective
dynamometry \ ˌdī-​nə-​ˈmä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce dynamometry (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web So a car that achieves 300 miles of range during the city-cycle dynamometer test ends up with a 210-mile city rating. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "The Secret Adjustment Factor Tesla Uses to Get Its Big EPA Range Numbers," 30 Aug. 2020 McLaren started with the Grand National' s turbocharged and intercooled V-6, which already produced 245 horsepower (or more, but 245 is Buick's modest claim), massaging it until 300 horses showed up on the dynamometer. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1987 Buick GNX Exercises Brute Force," 11 Aug. 2020 The internal discussion disclosed that the deceased was a man in his 50s who provided technical support for dynamometers, devices used for measuring torque and brake power required to operate a vehicle, FCA sources said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "FCA headquarters in Auburn Hills further limits work amid threat of COVID-19," 22 Mar. 2020 Now the company has a 15,000-square-foot shop with a chassis dynamometer and 10 employees, and the ability to tune dozens of models, including the new Toyota Supra. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "VF Engineering Lamborghini Huracán Is a Beast with Manners," 21 Feb. 2020 To ensure their engines could survive Le Mans, Ford ran them on a dynamometer operated by a program that simulated performance and durability. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Feud that Created America's Greatest Race Car," 8 Oct. 2019 The penultimate stop in the process is an indoor dynamometer that calibrates the TLX’s drive system and braking performance. Stephen Williams, New York Times, "This Car Comes in Any Color You Want, So Long as It’s Valencia Red," 5 Sep. 2019 Vehicles usually are tested for emissions and fuel economy using a machine called a dynamometer, which is stationary. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ford Investigating Its Emissions Testing After Employees Raised Concerns," 21 Feb. 2019 In the study, participants learned to use a joystick-like device called a dynamometer to play a videogame. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Secret to Retaining a New Skill: Learn, Exercise, Sleep," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dynamometer

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dynamometer

borrowed from French dynamomètre, from dynamique dynamic entry 1 + -o- -o- + -mètre -meter

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The first known use of dynamometer was in 1810

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4 Sep 2020

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“Dynamometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamometer. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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dy·​na·​mom·​e·​ter | \ ˌdī-nə-ˈmäm-ət-ər How to pronounce dynamometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of dynamometer

: an instrument for measuring the force of muscular contraction especially of the hand

Other Words from dynamometer

dynamometric \ -​nə-​mō-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce dynamometric (audio) \ adjective

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