odometer

noun
odom·​e·​ter | \ ō-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce odometer (audio) \

Definition of odometer

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

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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.

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In Northern Michigan, the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office is auctioning some rare muscle: a 1969 Plymouth GTX convertible with less than 21,000 miles on the odometer. USA TODAY, "Renters revolt, troublesome bras, deer in the john: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 Sterner's family retained ownership for 22 years, selling it to Edward C. Falk and his son, Richard, in 1978 with a reported 10,000 miles on the odometer at the time. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Bring a Trailer Goes Posh as Auction Site Starts “White Glove” Service by Selling Its Own Mercedes Gullwing at No Reserve," 17 May 2019 Almost two-thirds of the vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 The speedometer, odometer, radio controls, steering wheel position button, side mirrors buttons, climate — everything — is housed in the 15-inch center screen. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Tesla Model 3 just may be worth the wait," 19 Apr. 2018 Almost two-thirds of the vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 Using the steering wheel controls, drivers can change radio stations and sources, get navigation commands, reset trip odometers or check active fuel economy and other data bits available in the touchscreen — without having to use the touch screen. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a good car at a bad time," 15 Aug. 2017 Vroom escapes those restrictions by exclusively selling used cars (albeit some with only a few hundred miles on the odometer), conducting the whole transaction online. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Sites to Buy and Sell Your Car Online," 7 Aug. 2018 During the original murder investigation, detectives discovered Warren was rolling back odometers on vehicles at his used car lot. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Killer clown investigators used DNA from hair samples to make cold case arrest," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of odometer

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for odometer

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

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odometer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of odometer

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

odometer

noun
odom·​e·​ter | \ ō-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce odometer (audio) \

Kids Definition of odometer

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

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