dynamometer

noun

dy·​na·​mom·​e·​ter ˌdī-nə-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce dynamometer (audio)
1
: an instrument for measuring mechanical force
2
: an apparatus for measuring mechanical power (as of an engine)
dynamometric adjective
dynamometry noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sunfish was weighed with a crane scale dynamometer – a device designed to weigh loads typically hoisted by a crane – after being raised above ground using a forklift truck. Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 18 Oct. 2022 For example, if a vehicle travels 500 miles on the dynamometer, the automaker takes a 30 percent hit, which reduces that range by 150 miles, giving you 350 miles of range on the EPA cycle. Roberto Baldwin, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2022 The results were validated by a third party using a vehicle dynamometer. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 The Super Bee is a pavement-shredding beast of a car thanks to a 440-cubic-inch Dodge engine that produced 512 horsepower on a dynamometer. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 So a car that achieves 300 miles of range during the city-cycle dynamometer test ends up with a 210-mile city rating. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2021 So a car that achieves 300 miles of range during the city-cycle dynamometer test ends up with a 210-mile city rating. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2021 So a car that achieves 300 miles of range during the city-cycle dynamometer test ends up with a 210-mile city rating. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2021 So a car that achieves 300 miles of range during the city-cycle dynamometer test ends up with a 210-mile city rating. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dynamometer was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Dynamometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamometer. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

dynamometer

noun
dy·​na·​mom·​e·​ter ˌdī-nə-ˈmäm-ət-ər How to pronounce dynamometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring the force of muscular contraction especially of the hand
dynamometric adjective

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