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 Importantly, the seller explains that this car, finished in its factory original Rosso Siviglia paint with original black leather interior, has only 623 miles (1,003 km) on the odometer. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Car of the Week: This Lamborghini Countach Is the Time-Capsule Classic You’ve Been Looking For," 15 Mar. 2021 Drury noted that owners of gas, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles put more miles on the odometer than EV buyers. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Automakers look to electrify sales of EVs with cheaper models," 7 Mar. 2021 As the odometer rolls, Smith listens to classic rock in the mornings and dials up midday podcasts. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Roseville truck driver honored after more than 40 years behind the wheel," 1 Mar. 2021 The pilot program was similar to the year-long experiment in Washington where 2,000 drivers tracked their miles driven with GPS, odometer readings, or pay a fee up front. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Bill would plug electric vehicles into Washington's proposed pay-per-mile road tax," 22 Feb. 2021 For Honda, those rules include being less than five years old, having no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer, and passing a comprehensive mechanical and visual inspection. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Honda Now Offers a More Affordable Used Car Lineup Online," 7 Dec. 2020 That's four flips of the odometer in six years in a vehicle that’s not known for its creature comforts. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Imagine Driving 414,000 Miles in a Mitsubishi Mirage in Minnesota. This Couple Did," 1 Dec. 2020 Hopefully its next owner keeps its odometer rolling. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "1984 Porsche 911 Ruf RSR Bristles with Power," 21 Jan. 2021 On our roughly 60-mile trip on a cold day, the Mach-E's range indicator moved in step with the odometer, despite our free use of the heated seats and steering wheel and the climate control set at a comfortable 72 degrees. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is Ford's Best EV Ever," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of odometer was in 1791

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20 Mar 2021

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“Odometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odometer. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of odometer

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


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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