thermometer

noun
ther·​mom·​e·​ter | \thər-ˈmä-mə-tər, 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 \ adjective
thermometrically \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan on medium to 350°F on a candy thermometer. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018 In a large cast iron or other heavy skillet over medium heat, heat ½-inch oil until hot (350 degrees on a fat thermometer). 4. Meanwhile, place the eggs in a shallow bowl. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 Embracing his new homeland Thanedar landed in the U.S. for the first time at JFK Airport in New York City on Feb. 7, 1979, a day when the thermometer read 22 degrees. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "This candidate wants to be Michigan's governor — then president," 10 May 2018 Roast the lamb for 1 hour or so, until the meat registers an internal temperature of 135°F on a meat thermometer. John Besh, House Beautiful, "John Besh's Perfect Roast Leg of Lamb," 13 Mar. 2015 Working in batches, fry the chicken until the internal temperature of the white pieces reaches 160°F, and the dark pieces reach 165°F, on a deep-fry thermometer (13 to 14 minutes for breasts and 16 to 17 minutes for thighs). Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Secret to Perfectly Crispy Fried Chicken," 14 June 2014 Pills equipped with cameras, thermometers and acidity gauges already look for disease and track digestion. Washington Post, "Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert," 26 May 2018 Pills equipped with cameras, thermometers and acidity gauges already look for disease and track digestion. Carla K. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Swallowed electronic capsule could spot health trouble, send alert," 25 May 2018 Heat over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering (or about 350 degrees on a thermometer). Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "Why Cutlets Are What Everyone Wants for Dinner," 12 Apr. 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, thə-ˈmä-\

Kids Definition of thermometer

: an instrument for measuring temperature

thermometer

noun
ther·​mom·​e·​ter | \thə(r)-ˈmäm-ət-ər \

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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