gra·​vi·​me·​ter | \gra-ˈvi-mə-tər, ˈgra-və-ˌmē- \

Definition of gravimeter 

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

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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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gra·​vi·​me·​ter | \gra-ˈvim-ət-ər, ˈgrav-ə-ˌmēt-ər \

Medical Definition of gravimeter 

: a device similar to a hydrometer for determining specific gravity

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