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 An analog speedometer and tachometer frame a small but easy-to-read 4.2-inch info display. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 25 Apr. 2022 For some, the obsession is all about the adrenaline rush as danger rises with the speedometer. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Some other highlights include an optimistic 100-mph speedometer and an ashtray in the center console. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 7 Apr. 2022 The main meter displays date, time, oil-change indicator, fuel meter, odometer, A and B trip meters, speedometer, instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, air temperature, battery voltage and fuel meter. Josh Max, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 After the crash, the speedometer was stuck at 86 mph. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 11 Mar. 2022 Android provides a Google Maps overlay and media info, while a real-time OS handles the speedometer. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2022 The stars are lighting a fire in your engine, but the speedometer is going to show off your money rather than miles-per-hour. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 2 Dec. 2021 What's more, the gauges—save for the speedometer and engine-temperature and fuel gauges—can be completely blacked out during dead-of-night driving, which greatly helps reduce eyestrain. David Beard, Car and Driver, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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1 May 2022

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“Speedometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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