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 Tesla was involved in many more discoveries and creations, including the rotating magnetic field, the speedometer, and the Tesla Coil, which is a transformer that produces sparks by creating high voltage at a low current. Lauren Kent, CNN, "The Nikola Tesla inventions that should have made the inventor famous, such as the 'teleautomaton,' 'shadowgraphs' and possibly a death ray," 25 Oct. 2019 The tires are slightly more pavement-friendly (though still plenty knobby), there are turn signals and a speedometer, and the exhaust system includes a catalytic converter. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Somehow...This Honda CRF450L Off-Road Race Bike Is Street Legal," 2 Oct. 2019 Driver’s Seat: The Telluride features many of Kia’s tried-and-true features, from the speedometer typeface to the function of the information systems. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Kia Telluride mixes fun with practicality (auto review)," 14 Dec. 2019 Toyota on Wednesday announced plans to recall certain 2019 Prius hybrids after discovering an electrical glitch that could cause the speedometer to malfunction. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "So that's why your speedometer was broken: Toyota recalls Prius over faulty gauge," 12 Dec. 2019 The clip, which was posted to Smith-Schuster’s Instagram stories on Tuesday, is taken from the perspective of the driver’s side of the vehicle and shows the speedometer going from 92 to 104 mph. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "Pittsburgh Steelers Star JuJu Smith-Schuster Posts Instagram Video Showing Car Going 104 mph," 28 Nov. 2019 Developers sometimes incorporate code from third-party or unauthorized sources to build out their apps; borrowing from the wrong bin can easily—and accidentally—turn a speedometer app into something malicious. Wired, "How 18 Malware Apps Snuck Into Apple's App Store," 25 Oct. 2019 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

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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 2020

Cite this Entry

“Speedometer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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