odometer

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noun odom·e·ter \ō-ˈdä-mə-tər\

Definition of odometer

  1. :  an instrument for measuring the distance traveled (as by a vehicle)

Did You Know?

Odometer includes the root from the Greek word hodos, meaning "road" or "trip". An odometer shares space on your dashboard with a speedometer, a tachometer, and maybe a "tripmeter". The odometer is what crooked car salesmen tamper with when they want to reduce the mileage a car registers as having traveled. One of life's little pleasures is watching the odometer as all the numbers change at the same time.

Origin and Etymology of odometer

French odomètre, from Greek hodometron, from hodos way, road + metron measure — more at measure


First Known Use: 1791


ODOMETER Defined for English Language Learners

odometer

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noun odom·e·ter \ō-ˈdä-mə-tər\

Definition of odometer for English Language Learners

  • : a device in a car, truck, etc., that measures the distance that the vehicle has traveled


ODOMETER Defined for Kids

odometer

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noun odom·e·ter \ō-ˈdä-mə-tər\

Definition of odometer for Students

  1. :  an instrument for measuring the distance traveled (as by a vehicle)


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