gas·​om·​e·​ter ga-ˈsä-mə-tər How to pronounce gasometer (audio)
: a laboratory apparatus for holding and measuring gases

Examples of gasometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1884, 40 years after Horace Wells first demonstrated that nitrous oxide could relieve pain, Amos Long, a Michigan dentist, patented this gasometer. Katherine Ott, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2023 Lavoisier wears a plain black frock coat and sits at a table with a quill pen in his hand, and with papers and glass instruments (a gasometer, a barometer) before him. Cynthia Saltzman, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Some conversation, mostly inaudible due to the map, about a gasometer. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2018

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Word History


French gazomètre, from gaz + -o- + -mètre -meter

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gasometer was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Gasometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


gas·​om·​e·​ter ga-ˈsäm-ət-ər How to pronounce gasometer (audio)
: a laboratory apparatus for holding and measuring gases
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