speed·​om·​e·​ter | \spi-ˈdä-mə-tər \

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

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The New York Times clearly thinks of its famous election needle, the speedometer-like readout that predicts the results of the midterm elections as vote totals trickle in, as a scientific instrument. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Normally, on a motorcycle, tilting my head down to quickly check the speedometer would translate to a distractingly abrupt camera shake. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "GoPro Hero 7 Hands-On: The Action Camera Built for Pros," 20 Sep. 2018 This Voice commands are excellent and Cadillac’s use of vehicle info on both sides of the speedometer render the touch screen — the only small thing in the truck — unnecessary, aside for navigation. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: 2017 Cadillac Escalade full-size SUV comes up short," 12 Sep. 2017 The Sport setting gives you an analog-style speedometer, while the Touring setting offers a digital readout. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Buick aims high, falls short with $60,000 Enclave Avenir," 2 Mar. 2018 Require information and safety education, which mandates that all devices come with a bell, a speedometer and a lamp on the front and back of the device. Megan Henry, Indianapolis Star, "Hundreds of electric scooters invade downtown Indianapolis; some rejoice, others scratch their heads," 1 July 2018 The main instrument panel is refreshingly analog, with two big, hooded dials—the tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: A sports sedan for people who want to drive," 6 Apr. 2018 The speedometer reached about 90 mph when the course of Sands’ life changed. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlandoan pursues boxing after motorcycle wreck ends basketball career," 23 June 2018 The cameras were trained at the road and activated by an array of ambient light sensors, range finders, and remote speedometers. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer," 5 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of speedometer

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


speed·​om·​e·​ter | \spi-ˈdä-mə-tər \

Kids Definition of speedometer

: an instrument that measures speed

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