thermometer

noun
ther·​mom·​e·​ter | \ thər-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce thermometer (audio) , thə-ˈmä-mə-tər\

Definition of thermometer

: an instrument for determining temperature especially : one consisting of a glass bulb attached to a fine tube of glass with a numbered scale and containing a liquid (such as mercury or colored alcohol) that is sealed in and rises and falls with changes of temperature

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Other Words from thermometer

thermometric \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce thermometric (audio) \ adjective
thermometrically \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thermometrically (audio) \ adverb

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In a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, bring sugar, corn syrup, and 2 Tbsp water to a boil on medium, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar, 1 to 2 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Matzo Brittle," 7 Mar. 2019 Also, check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer. Good Housekeeping, "Troubleshooting Your Cookie Problems," 17 Mar. 2015 Reduce the oven heat to 350 and roast the lamb for 1 more hour for medium (an internal temperature of 145-150 degrees when measured with a meat thermometer). Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Alex Hitz's Roast Leg of Lamb and Mashed Peas," 5 Mar. 2013 Stegall remembers those early days in Kansas City, when the winter cold seemed unbearable, the numbers on thermometers and price tags so foreign, the food off-putting. Matt Sedensky, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m ashamed’: Americans blame Trump after Kansas City mom’s deportation," 23 July 2018 The dog’s body temperature reached the thermometer’s maximum reading of 110 degrees, which is about 9 degrees higher than a standard canine temperature, according to the statement. Sophia Eppolito, BostonGlobe.com, "Chihuahua left in dog carrier dies of heatstroke," 11 July 2018 According to Star Tribune, Health Department staff provided him with thermometers, food containers, hand sanitizer, and utensil-cleaning stations. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Someone Called Authorities on 13-Year-Old Jaequan Faulkner's Hot Dog Stand," 18 July 2018 Despite what the thermometer may read this week, spring is quickly approaching. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Stuart Weitzman Is Launching a Diverse New Range of Nudes for Spring 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 The effects have been felt in cities from Atlantic City, New Jersey, where the yearly average temperature rose 1.4 degrees in the past 30 years, to Yakima, Washington, where the thermometer jumped a tad more. Fox News, "NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of thermometer

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thermometer

French thermomètre, from Greek thermē heat + French -o- + -mètre -meter — more at therm

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thermometer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thermometer

: an instrument used for measuring temperature

thermometer

noun
ther·​mom·​e·​ter | \ thər-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce thermometer (audio) , thə-ˈmä-\

Kids Definition of thermometer

: an instrument for measuring temperature

thermometer

noun
ther·​mom·​e·​ter | \ thə(r)-ˈmäm-ət-ər How to pronounce thermometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermometer

: an instrument for determining temperature that usually consists either of a device providing a digital readout or of a glass bulb attached to a fine tube of glass with a numbered scale and containing a liquid (as mercury or colored alcohol) that is sealed in and rises and falls with changes of temperature

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