speedometer

noun
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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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 The large tachometer indicates a 6,500 rpm redline while the speedometer is marked to an overly optimistic 160 mph. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "VW’s revamped 2019 Jetta R-Line delivers bang for the buck," 5 May 2018 The system provides about 15 seconds of self-driving before the small icon under the speedometer turns orange and instructs the driver to put hands back on the wheel. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volvo XC40 continues winning crossover tradition," 25 Apr. 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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speedometer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speedometer

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

speedometer

noun
speed·om·e·ter | \ spi-ˈdä-mə-tər \

Kids Definition of speedometer

: an instrument that measures speed

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