thermometer

noun ther·mom·e·ter \ thər-ˈmä-mə-tər , thə-ˈmä-mə-tər \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

thermometric

play \ˌthər-mə-ˈme-trik\ adjective

thermometrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of thermometer

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


THERMOMETER Defined for English Language Learners

thermometer

noun

Definition of thermometer for English Language Learners

  • : an instrument used for measuring temperature


THERMOMETER Defined for Kids

thermometer

noun ther·mom·e·ter \ thər-ˈmä-mə-tər , thə-ˈmä- \

Definition of thermometer for Students

: an instrument for measuring temperature

Word Root of thermometer

The Greek word metron, meaning “measure,” gives us the root metr. Words from the Greek metron have something to do with measuring. A thermometer is an instrument that measures temperature. A diameter is the measurement across the center of a circle. The metric system is a system used for measuring size, weight, and volume. A perimeter is the measurement of the outside of a figure or shape.


Medical Dictionary

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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