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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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 According to a fact sheet published by the agency, the app will collect data from smartphone features including cameras, light sensors, pedometers, fingerprint sensors, microphones and other sources. Washington Post,, "Pentagon wants to spot illnesses by monitoring service members' smartphones," 16 Apr. 2018 Beyond the Ida collars, other tech start-ups make cow pedometers, robot milkers, tail sensors and electroshock collars that can stop or shift a herd. Drew Harwell,, "'Cow Fitbits' and artificial intelligence are coming to the dairy farm, but some farmers aren't impressed," 5 Apr. 2018 The iPhone Health app pedometer is perfect in every way. The New York Times, New York Times, "He Weaned Himself From Ride-Hailing Apps. Here’s Why.," 10 Jan. 2018 Everyone who signs up for the program receives a pedometer and a bag to be stuffed over time with goodies like stretch bands and stress balls. Zachary Lewis,, "Great Northern Mall Walkers buy into free program and enjoy regular, healthy activity: Stretching Out," 15 Feb. 2018 The app uses the Android phone's pedometer to count the user's steps. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Hyland Hackathon challenges high school and college students; winners announced," 18 Dec. 2017

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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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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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