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

Examples of dynamometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to assess and track your grip strength at home In clinical settings, a hand dynamometer measures grip strength by gauging the force applied when squeezing its handle. Dana Santas, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 The 23-kilowatt experimental GE motor was tested on a dynamometer using a torque meter—the gray, cylindrical item with the fins at left. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2024 Other forces that the dynamometer exerts on the vehicle are set out in SAE standards J2263 and J2264. Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 By the time the 10-mile (16-km) Highway Fuel Economy Test was added in 1974, the tests were performed in a lab on a dynamometer. Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 Her father, Robert Brace, retired from Ford as a technician who machined engine parts in the dynamometer lab to support engine testing. Detroit Free Press, 11 Jan. 2024 Because dynamometer range tests—accelerating, coasting, and braking to follow a precise trace on a computer screen from 100 percent to zero state of charge—were long, tedious, and boring, Garrett and Travis developed a system to drive the car for them. Gary Witzenburg, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021 The vehicle is put on a dynamometer. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 And to be doubly sure that the speed books weren’t cooked, Gresley ordered that a dynamometer car, with its large electric speedometer suspended from the ceiling, be added to the train, along with three twinset railcars. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2020

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Word History


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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“Dynamometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamometer. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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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