pitot tube

noun, often capitalized P pi·tot tube \ ˈpē-ˌtō- \

Definition of pitot tube

1 : a device that consists of a tube having a short right-angled bend which is placed vertically in a moving body of fluid (such as air) with the mouth of the bent part directed upstream and that is used with a manometer to measure the velocity of fluid flow

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Origin and Etymology of pitot tube

French (tube de) Pitot, from Henri Pitot †1771 French physicist


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pitot tube

noun, often capitalized P pi·tot tube \ ˌpē-ˌtō- \

medical Definition of pitot tube

: a device that consists of a tube having a short right-angled bend which is placed vertically in a moving body of fluid with the mouth of the bent part directed upstream and that is used with a manometer to measure the velocity of fluid flow (as in a blood vessel)

Biographical Note for pitot tube

Pitot \pē-tō\, Henri (1695–1771), French hydraulic engineer. Pitot began his career in the chemical laboratory at the Academy of Sciences in Paris. During his two decades at the academy he published a number of papers addressing minor questions in astronomy, geometry, and mechanics, especially hydraulics. In 1735 he published a paper announcing his invention of the Pitot tube.

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