pe·​dom·​e·​ter pi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce pedometer (audio)
: 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 If someone does choose to go this route, a pedometer, smartphone, or other device, can be a useful way to track steps. Julia Landwehr, Health, 9 Aug. 2023 For decades, pedometers have counted our steps and offered insights into mobility. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2019 In 2017, the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force developed a wireless pedometer that uses frequency-hopping transmitters, allowing commanders to know how far into an underground system their soldiers have traveled. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2023 Who knew that those first pedometers would turn into a cultural normality? Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Our engineers also measure battery life and the accuracy of the pedometer and heart monitor, when relevant. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 28 Nov. 2022 In the 1960s a company in Japan invented an early pedometer. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 1 May 2023 Other features can include a pedometer, a pulse oximeter, and/or menstrual cycle tracking. Elizabeth Yuko, Verywell Health, 10 May 2023 All who register will receive a packet of instructions, a list of possible tasks to complete, a coupon card good for discounts at local restaurants and businesses, an event t-shirt, a pedometer and a continental brunch at the Random Acts of Fun Day on Sept. 27. cleveland, 8 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pedometer was in 1723

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Cite this Entry

“Pedometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


pe·​dom·​e·​ter pi-ˈdäm-ət-ər How to pronounce pedometer (audio)
: an instrument that measures the distance one covers in walking
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