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

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Recent Examples on the Web Hoggarth, who at 47 had her own health issues, including high cholesterol, glanced at the pedometer on her wrist. Los Angeles Times, "American pandemic: A preacher, a nurse and a firefighter take on the coronavirus," 30 Nov. 2020 Our top choice, VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2, challenges kids to stay active with a pedometer and exercise challenges. Sian Babish,, "The best VTech toy," 8 Aug. 2020 To track your mileage and keep yourself motivated, consider buying a pedometer. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Everything You Need to Know and Buy If You're New to Hiking," 3 June 2020 This pedometer built into your smartphone is great for keeping track of steps and activity throughout the day. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss," 5 May 2020 The point of the experiment was to test whether or not ants used internal pedometers to help navigate back to their nests. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "You can totally sprain your teeth (and you’ve probably done it before)," 29 Apr. 2020 Dumbbells also make a solid investment, as do indoor bike trainers (turning a regular bike into a stationary bike), weight vests, heart-rate monitors, and pedometers. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Exercise options abound amid coronavirus closings: Stretching Out," 18 Mar. 2020 Many of the products marketed to parents include some texting, phone call and pedometer features, but one of their major selling points is safety. Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "Should Parents Track Their Children?," 10 Mar. 2020 Give The Atlantic The Two Popes is well acted, a little overdirected, and written with the sort of narrative shorthand that summons a talking pedometer to state the script’s main thesis just in case the viewer hasn’t picked up on it yet. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Breezy Buddy Comedy About the Modern Papacy," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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“Pedometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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