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.

Examples of odometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But its odometer still sits at fewer than 46,000 miles, a relatively low number considering the car is more than 50 years old. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 10 May 2022 With approximately 5000 miles on its odometer, this 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is in far too fine of shape to risk either rot or rust. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 3 May 2022 Plus, with around 69,000 miles on its odometer, this old E320 still has plenty of life left in it. Gregory Fink, Car and Driver, 9 Mar. 2022 Last year, Ford launched its Ford Blue Advantage CPO program on vehicles up to 10 years old, and with a maximum of 120,000 miles showing on the odometer. Nick Kurczewski, Car and Driver, 31 Mar. 2022 When selling your car or buying one that’s pre-owned, it’s not necessarily bad to have a lot of miles on the odometer. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, 16 Feb. 2022 With a mere 67,000 miles on the odometer, the retro ride is currently sitting at $105,00 at the time of writing, with another three days left on the sale. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2022 Even the lighting, odometer and temperature are dependent on chips. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 13 June 2021 Similarly, your odometer measures the distance your car travels based on the rotation of the wheels. Rhett Allain, Wired, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Odometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odometer. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

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

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