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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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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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 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

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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

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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

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

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not constant or steady

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