gra·​vi·​me·​ter | \ gra-ˈvi-mə-tər How to pronounce gravimeter (audio) , ˈgra-və-ˌmē- How to pronounce gravimeter (audio) \

Definition of gravimeter

: a sensitive weighing instrument for measuring variations in a gravitational field (as of a planet)

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Recent Examples on the Web Generating the model of sea level required lugging a gravimeter, which is carried in a large suitcase-like box, to 297 spots in Nepal. Joanna Slater, The Denver Post, "Is Mt. Everest shrinking? Nepal on a mission to measure the world’s tallest mountain.," 21 Oct. 2019 Generating the model of sea level required lugging a gravimeter, which is carried in a large suitcase-like box, to 297 spots in Nepal. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Is Mount Everest shrinking? Nepal is on a mission to find out.," 21 Oct. 2019 The magnetometer and gravimeter go where radar and laser can’t penetrate, beneath the ocean and down to the bedrock., "The Great Crack-Up," 19 Jan. 2018 The gravimeter measures the tiny differences in gravitational tugging caused by materials of different density in the bedrock, another indicator of composition., "The Great Crack-Up," 19 Jan. 2018 Established in 2009, IceBridge is an annual series of flights over both polar regions, surveying the state of the ice with a suite of instruments including laser altimeters, radars, magnetometers and gravimeters., "The Great Crack-Up," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gravimeter

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gravimeter

French gravimètre, from gravi- + -mètre -meter

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“Gravimeter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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gra·​vi·​me·​ter | \ gra-ˈvim-ət-ər How to pronounce gravimeter (audio) , ˈgrav-ə-ˌmēt-ər How to pronounce gravimeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of gravimeter

: a device similar to a hydrometer for determining specific gravity

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