te·​lem·​e·​try | \ tə-ˈle-mə-trē How to pronounce telemetry (audio) \

Definition of telemetry

1 : the science or process of telemetering data
2 : data transmitted by telemetry

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telemetric \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce telemetric (audio) \ adjective
telemetrically \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telemetrically (audio) \ adverb

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Telemetry is used to obtain data on the internal functioning of missiles, rockets, unmanned planes, satellites, and probes, providing data on such factors as position, altitude, and speed as well as conditions like temperature, air pressure, wind speed, and radiation. Weather forecasters rely on telemetry to map weather patterns. Astronauts on the space shuttle are monitored with telemetry that measures and transmits readings on their blood pressure, respiration, and heart rates. Similar kinds of telemetry are used by biologists to study animals in the wild and keep track of their populations and movements. Telemetry is also widely used in modern agriculture, often to regulate irrigation.

Examples of telemetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The month set low-precipitation records at U.S. Department of Agriculture NRCS snowpack telemetry monitoring stations around the state. oregonlive, "Snow in Portland may cause anxiety, but Oregon’s diminished snowpack needs a big boost to ward off drought," 10 Jan. 2020 But telemetry from the Starliner showed an internal timer was not in synch with the actual time and as a result, the orbit insertion rocket firing was not carried out. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing Starliner glitch rules out space station rendezvous; early landing ordered," 21 Dec. 2019 Back in the ‘90s, this pilot’s job was to fetch BQM aerial target drones and submarine telemetry torpedoes from the ocean. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Pilot Says ‘Dark Mass’ Made Torpedo Disappear," 8 Oct. 2019 All rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art telemetry monitors and security features to protect all who use the building. Steve Schering,, "Rush Oak Park Hospital unveils new $30 million emergency department," 14 Oct. 2019 Guests become directly involved in helping guides document and safeguard the park’s big cats, using telemetry equipment to track lions and snapping photos to contribute to leopard ID kits. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "These African lodges lead the way in wildlife conservation," 9 Dec. 2019 The Cygnus cargo carrier has more room for scientific equipment, more communications, and telemetry instruments, and six powered lockers in which to store these devices. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is a Good Rocket Face," 30 Oct. 2019 Microsoft's own telemetry showed that many users did give Edge a chance, but as soon as a problem was encountered—a crash, a hang, or perhaps a page that didn't work right—they'd switch to Chrome and never really look back. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium," 6 Dec. 2018 The moment MarCO-A and -B's telemetry is confirmed. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Small CubeSat Became the Unlikely Hero of the InSight Landing," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of telemetry

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of telemetry was in 1865

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19 Jan 2020

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“Telemetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of telemetry

technical : the process of using special equipment to take measurements of something (such as pressure, speed, or temperature) and send them by radio to another place


te·​lem·​e·​try | \ tə-ˈlem-ə-trē How to pronounce telemetry (audio) \
plural telemetries

Medical Definition of telemetry

1 : the science or process of telemetering data
2 : data transmitted by telemetry

Other Words from telemetry

telemetric \ ˌtel-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce telemetric (audio) \ adjective
telemetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telemetrically (audio) \ adverb

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