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

Examples of thermometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cruise company has given all crew members thermometers, and those who have a fever must report it. Hillary Leung, Time, "Inside Life on the Crew Decks on Coronavirus-Stricken Diamond Princess Cruise Ship," 17 Feb. 2020 The Sino-Zambia Friendship Hospital, or Sinozam, a low-slung facility near the city’s train station, has taken some precautions, including checking patient temperatures with infrared thermometers and establishing isolation areas. Washington Post, "‘We’re definitely not prepared’: Africa braces for new virus," 8 Feb. 2020 Skip hard-to-read dials and try one of these excellent digital thermometers, some with smart features built right in. Popular Science, "Food thermometers for a safer, more delicious meal," 23 Jan. 2020 It is used in some thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs and electrical switches. Arkansas Online, "FBI: 19-year-old arrested, charged in Houston mercury spill," 16 Dec. 2019 This Thursday, there are so many products on sale at Amazon that would make perfect gifts like Sony noise-canceling headphones, digital meat thermometers, and personal blenders. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 7 Nov. 2019 By the end of August, Peterson’s company plans to ship a few test kits with frozen fish cradled by the boards, possibly with thermometers and instructions on how to tell them the condition. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Using fungi, UAA team develops biodegradable insulation for shipping Alaska seafood," 14 July 2019 Finish steaks in oven for an additional 5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 138 to 140 F, using a meat thermometer. Dallas News, "New butcher The Meat Board has become Fort Worth’s hottest lunch spot," 29 Jan. 2020 Consumers should use a food thermometer to ensure meat and poultry reach a safe minimal temperature: 165 degrees for poultry; 160 degrees for ground meats; 145 degrees for steaks, chops, roasts, fresh or smoked ham, fish and shellfish. Lydia Zuraw, azcentral, "Don't wash that turkey before putting it in the oven (and other good advice)," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of thermometer was in 1633

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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thermometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermometer. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for thermometer

thermometer

noun
How to pronounce thermometer (audio)

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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