refractometer

noun
re·​frac·​tom·​e·​ter | \ ˌrē-ˌfrak-ˈtä-mə-tər How to pronounce refractometer (audio) , ri- \

Definition of refractometer

: an instrument for measuring refractive indices (as for identification or the determination of sugar content)

Other Words from refractometer

refractometric \ ri-​ˌfrak-​tə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce refractometer (audio) \ adjective
refractometry \ ˌrē-​ˌfrak-​ˈtä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce refractometer (audio) , ri-​ \ noun

Examples of refractometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alcohol content of the distillate should be in the region of 50% ABV., which can be checked with a refractometer. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2021 Puro slides another portion of the soil into a portable refractometer to measure the carbon content using a newer method calledQuick Carbonthat's being tested as a rapid means for measuring carbon in the field. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 Puro slides another portion of the soil into a portable refractometer to measure the carbon content using a newer method called Quick Carbon that’s being tested as a rapid means for measuring carbon in the field. Meg Wilcox, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2021 Now, some Dunkin’ shops use digital refractometers to determine if coffee meets specifications. Eric Morath, WSJ, 24 June 2018 Theft, Westway Drive: The president of Optics Incorporated reported receiving a fraudulent purchase order four $36,000 refractometers that were sent to a New York address. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, 2 Apr. 2018 This is a little nerdy, but a refractometer uses light to identify the components and ingredient levels in solutions, which is super helpful for calculating the percentage of alcohol in a beverage. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, 29 Jan. 2018 After finding the right water quality for sea salt production, the next step is testing the salinity with a refractometer—in simple terms, testing the saltiness. Jessica Colley Clarke, CNT, 17 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of refractometer

1842, in the meaning defined above

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refractometer

noun
re·​frac·​tom·​e·​ter | \ ˌrē-ˌfrak-ˈtäm-ət-ər, ri- How to pronounce refractometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of refractometer

: an instrument for measuring indices of refraction

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