speed·​om·​e·​ter spi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce speedometer (audio)
: an instrument for indicating speed : tachometer
: 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 gauge cluster features a large analog speedometer next to a 7.0-inch digital readout that can be reconfigured to show a variety of displays. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 The year was 1987; immediately after that Italian stallion’s speedometer registered 201, the race to enter the 300 mph club began. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2024 An instrument panel that does not illuminate critical safety information, such as the speedometer or warning lights, can increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA said. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 Its speedometer was frozen at 110 mph, court records show; the speed limit on West Good Hope Road is 40 mph. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2024 In the Porsche setup, there’s a three-dial layout with the speedometer on the left and a wallpaper made to match its houndstooth seat pattern. Richard Lawler, The Verge, 20 Dec. 2023 The local police cannot enforce speed limits because carts do not have speedometers, Ms. Learnard said. Rick Rojas Gabriela Bhaskar, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The Bakelite dashboard was significantly changed with a modern-looking horizontal speedometer and gauges with two ashtrays at each end of the dash. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 Once the speedometer dropped to 40 mph, an illuminated white stripe appeared at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions of the steering wheel’s Drive Pilot buttons, telling us the system was ready. Mark Takahashi, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History


speed entry 1 + -o- + -meter

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of speedometer was in 1903

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“Speedometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


speed·​om·​e·​ter spi-ˈdäm-ət-ər How to pronounce speedometer (audio)
: an instrument that measures speed
: an instrument that both measures speed and records distance traveled

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