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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Most important, ensure all meats reach the appropriate internal temperatures by using a food thermometer. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 The readings were not official measurements made with an actual thermometer, but were estimates made by instruments aboard an orbiting satellite. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The coldest place on Earth is even colder than we thought: Antarctic temps hit 144 degrees below zero," 26 June 2018 Heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350°F (measure temperature with a deep-fry thermometer). Dawn Perry, Country Living, "Crab Hush Puppies," 19 June 2017 Help dad cook Give dad a hand in the kitchen with a smart thermometer, like this one from MEATER ($69). Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Father's Day gift guide: 6 ideas to help make dad's life easier," 11 June 2018 Insert thermometer into thickest part of the protein but not touching a bone. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 2018 Inside the Forerunner 645 Music is the typical bevy of sensors found in high-end Garmin devices: accelerometer, gyroscope, barometric altimeter, thermometer, compass, heart-rate monitor, and GPS and GLONASS. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: The high price of tunes on a runner’s tool," 16 Mar. 2018 About half the sample watched a three-minute video about safe food preparation and using food thermometers, while the other did not get any guidance. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "You're Probably Not Washing Your Hands Right, Study Says," 30 June 2018 To insure the correct doneness, get and use a good quality meat thermometer. Roxanne Wyss And Kathy Moore, kansascity, "Flavorful roast beef highlights this dad’s skill with the grill," 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, 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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