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 that 2015 Journal of Food Protection study, about 62 percent of people reported owning a food thermometer, and of these, 26 percent or less reported using it to check the internal temperature of smaller cuts of poultry or ground poultry. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Should You Be Washing Chicken Before You Cook It?," 10 Apr. 2019 Global warming also includes myriad changes to precipitation and extreme weather patterns beyond the difference on your thermometer. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wind power makes the ground warmer even as it cools the planet," 7 Oct. 2018 Roast until the internal temperature of pork on an instant read thermometer reaches 145°F, 10 to 15 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Roasted Fennel," 15 Mar. 2019 Fit a candy thermometer onto the pot and bring to a boil on medium-high. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Divinity Candy," 7 Mar. 2019 The stream of data warns of heat exhaustion (via a thermometer) and bad running form (via accelerometers). Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 At tach a thermometer to a Dutch oven or other large heavy pot and set over medium-high heat. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Tilman is the principal investigator on one of the lander’s signature experiments: a planetary thermometer called Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3). NBC News, "7 ways NASA's InSight mission will go where no Mars explorer has before," 4 May 2018 Working in batches to avoid crowding pan, fry chicken until a thermometer inserted at meatiest point reads 165 degrees, 9-12 minutes per side. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Host a Dinner Like a Pro," 14 Feb. 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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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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