dy·​na·​mom·​e·​ter | \ˌdī-nə-ˈmä-mə-tər \

Definition of dynamometer 

1 : an instrument for measuring mechanical force

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dynamometer

dynamometric \ -​mō-​ˈme-​trik \ adjective
dynamometry \ -​ˈmä-​mə-​trē \ noun

Examples of dynamometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The researchers measured handgrip strength using a machine called a hydraulic hand dynamometer. Mark Lieber, CNN, "A strong handshake could indicate a healthy heart," 14 Mar. 2018 The car gets an alignment, followed by a high-speed four-wheel dynamometer test to verify engine power and transmission function. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Kia Got Good," 4 Jan. 2018 Stationary dynamometers at the El Monte facility helped expose the VW cheating scandal in 2015. John Lippert, Bloomberg.com, "California Taps VW Cheating Penalty to Help Build Emissions Lab," 27 Oct. 2017 Waitas, who turns 41 next in September, began working at Magnaflow in 2003 as a dynamometer-test technician. J. Daniel Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Modern engineering creates iconic old-school Magnaflow sound," 24 Aug. 2017 Straubel says Tesla is aggressively testing Powertrain 1.5 on the dynameter dynamometer and on the road. Chuck Squatriglia, WIRED, "Tesla v1.5: ‘Really Phenomenal’ Torque, Better Range," 28 May 2008 The United States and Japan both conduct their fuel-economy tests in a laboratory setting, using a device called a dynamometer in which the car’s wheels rest on large rollers that can simulate driving uphill or other road conditions. Jonathan Soble, New York Times, "How Volkswagen Is Grappling With Its Diesel Scandal OCT. 8, 2015," 20 Apr. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dynamometer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dynamometer

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dynamometer

French dynamomètre, from Greek dynamis power + French -mètre -meter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dynamometer

Share dynamometer

Statistics for dynamometer

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dynamometer

The first known use of dynamometer was in 1810

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dynamometer


dy·​na·​mom·​e·​ter | \ˌdī-nə-ˈmäm-ət-ər \

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 \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on dynamometer

See words that rhyme with dynamometer

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dynamometer

Comments on dynamometer

What made you want to look up dynamometer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!