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 Between the tachometer and speedometer is a new, 7.0-inch display screen. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Nissan Armada Is Better-Looking, Gets New Technology," 8 Dec. 2020 The digital speedometer sits in the right corner of the instrument cluster, hiding behind the steering wheel rim. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Kia Niro Hybrid Trades Power for Efficiency," 2 Dec. 2020 With the speedometer set anywhere between 19 and 100 mph, a radar sensor on the front of the bike helps the system keep a safe distance from the car in front of it. Dan Carney And Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best car and automotive technologies of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Drivers can opt for all three or just two of the three, with the speedometer always available. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2021 VW ID.4 Revealed with 250-Mile Range, $41K Starting Price," 23 Sep. 2020 At times, my speedometer spiked to 90, then 100, then higher. Julie Washington, cleveland, "‘I don’t want to die like this’: Faces From the Front Lines of Coronavirus -- a series," 25 Nov. 2020 The Elantra's new digital gauge cluster is clean and simple with two traditional-looking instruments—a 180-mph speedometer on the left and an 8000-rpm tachometer on the right. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Hyundai Elantra N Prototype Knows How to Hustle," 16 Nov. 2020 On the inside, a fuzzy dash pad covered most everything but the tachometer and speedometer. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Volkswagen Taos Previews an Important New Engine for VW," 6 Oct. 2020 Class 3 ebikes can go up to 28 miles per hour and must have a speedometer, but may or may not have a throttle. Matt Jancer, Wired, "What Are Ebike 'Classes' and What Do They Mean?," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Speedometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce speedometer (audio) \

Kids Definition of speedometer

: an instrument that measures speed

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