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 telemetry (audio) \ adjective
telemetrically \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telemetry (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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Since its publication in 2016, there has been a rapid expansion of regional and niche platforms in many areas, from diplomacy to pharma clinical trials management to satellite telemetry and AI. Jon Younger, Forbes, "One More Time: What Do Freelancers Really Expect Of Their Platform?," 28 Feb. 2021 Jordan Clayton, supervisor with Utah Snow Survey for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) shown with his dog Gus, at the Daniels Strawberry Snotel or snow telemetry network site, Feb. 3, 2021. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why all that snow we’re shoveling may not rescue Utah from a bad water year," 21 Feb. 2021 The acoustic telemetry tracking study of 66 burbot in Bad Medicine Lake is showing predictable movements and clustering of the fish during their February-March spawning season. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Harvest season possible for eelpout, a fish on the rise," 14 Jan. 2021 Spencer has suggested this was a price-cutting move tied to telemetry that indicated how little either port was used. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X/S review: Beautiful, powerful—but whatcha gonna play?," 5 Nov. 2020 The hospital received a waiver to temporarily change its staffing ratio on its telemetry floor, the unit for patients who require a heart monitor. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, "Staffing shortages feared at some California hospitals as COVID-19 fills up beds," 4 Dec. 2020 The failure happened at a stage of the launch where Arianespace is able to obtain detailed telemetry data from tracking stations in North America. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Upper stage issue causes Arianespace launch failure, costing 2 satellites," 17 Nov. 2020 The telemetry exposed to the ISP includes outages, speed-test data, client network topology, RF diagnostics, and more. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Eero for Service Providers: Eero Wi-Fi mesh targeted at ISPs," 7 Oct. 2020 With two successful test flights behind them, NASA engineers were able to certify the spacecraft after a detailed analysis of telemetry and inspections of the flight hardware. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA ushering in new era with first operational launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying 4 astronauts," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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“Telemetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 telemetry (audio) \ adjective
telemetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telemetry (audio) \ adverb

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