pe·​dom·​e·​ter | \ pi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce pedometer (audio) \

Definition of pedometer

: an instrument usually in watch form that records the distance a person covers on foot by responding to the body motion at each step

Examples of pedometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smartphones, fitness trackers and pedometers can track changes in these accelerations to count how many steps a person takes throughout the day. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Science with a Smartphone: Accelerometer," 26 Dec. 2019 Bloomberg Philanthropies will also provide in-kind donations of technology and software, including talk pedometer devices and software. Anna Beahm |, al, "Birmingham receives grant for talk-based early childhood learning program," 25 Sep. 2019 Children will wear a small device called a talk pedometer, which detects the number of words the child hears every day. Anna Beahm |, al, "Birmingham receives grant for talk-based early childhood learning program," 25 Sep. 2019 Fontaine has earmarked money to purchase pedometers for students in grades 2, 3, and 4. Denise Coffey,, "Thompson Fuels Up To Play 60," 10 Sep. 2019 No fees are involved, and each participant will be given a pedometer to keep. Linda Gandee/special To,, "North Ridgeville Senior Center’s Wicked Walkers lace up for walking challenge," 12 Aug. 2019 Many schools demand the use of pedometers and selfies to verify the dates took place. Mary Ryu, WSJ, "Failing at Love? Maybe It’s Time for Classes," 15 Feb. 2019 Then, in 2010, The Pokémon Company released the PokéWalker, which was essentially a pedometer that displayed a tiny Pikachu. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The first official Pokémon Tamagotchi will give owners their own Eevee," 21 Nov. 2018 Use a pedometer to measure your daily steps, aiming for 10,000. Houston Chronicle, "10 steps to protect your heart, brain and body from disease and premature aging," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of pedometer

1723, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedometer

French pédomètre, from Latin ped-, pes foot + French -mètre -meter — more at foot

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7 Jan 2020

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“Pedometer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pedometer

: a device that measures the distance a person travels by walking


pe·​dom·​e·​ter | \ pi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce pedometer (audio) \

Kids Definition of pedometer

: an instrument that measures the distance a person covers in walking

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