speed·​om·​e·​ter | \ spi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce speedometer (audio) \

Definition of speedometer

1 : an instrument for indicating speed : tachometer
2 : an instrument for indicating distance traversed as well as speed of travel also : odometer

Examples of speedometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The speedometers were not necessarily faulty, Fifer said. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Hundreds ticketed for speeding in Alexandria could get their money back," 2 Oct. 2019 In a statement, Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said that company has been considering such a run for a long time, but now that it's done, Bugatti has had enough of pushing the speedometer. Wired, "Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top-Notch Tires," 3 Sep. 2019 The call center agent on the phone with a customer can see a speedometer icon. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "AI at work: Machines are training human workers to be more compassionate," 23 Aug. 2019 Although the speedometer is prepared to record speeds up to 90 mph, the owner’s manual lists both the maximum and top speeds as 65 mph. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Volkswagen Transporter: Functional pickup truck was built on that same platform as the Beetle," 20 July 2019 Police reported Bautista-Montella’s urine testing positive for marijuana and finding video of the crash and his speedometer on his cellphone. oregonlive.com, "Teen driver high on weed crashes car at 80 mph while taking Snapchat video, police say," 17 July 2019 While Duba is unsure of the accuracy, the speedometer says he's gone 20 miles in the truck. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Can a Lawnmower Engine Start a Dodge Ram? Sure, Why Not," 14 May 2019 There are large puffy inserts in front of the passenger and on the doors, and the driver is treated to an instrument cluster that pairs an analog speedometer with a multi-functional digital display. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 There are large analog speedometer and tachometer dials, with an analog fuel gauge on the right and battery charge indicator on the left. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of speedometer

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speedometer was in 1903

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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Speedometer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of speedometer

: an instrument in a car, truck, etc., that indicates how fast the vehicle is going


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Kids Definition of speedometer

: an instrument that measures speed

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