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
thermometricplay \ˌthər-mə-ˈme-trik\ adjective
thermometricallyplay \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of thermometer from the Web
Place pot over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until a thermometer registers 170 degrees, about five minutes.
Grill patties 2 to 3 minutes each side or until meat thermometer registers 155 degrees.
Grill beef 30 minutes or until 125°F on meat thermometer, turning over 3 times.
At least on Twitter, the rectal thermometer of our social consciousness, Padres fans seemingly by the legion diagnosed Green thusly for not ordering/allowing his starting pitcher to drill Anthony Rizzo with the first pitch of Tuesday night’s game.
Take the individual’s temperature if a thermometer is readily available.
Each evening around dusk, 85-year-old Earl Ourada steps into the front bedroom of his home on an 800-acre, century-old ranch northwest of Boise and checks the day’s high and low temperatures on a digital readout connected to a thermometer outside.
Bake pork loin in an oven heated to 300 degrees until the pork's internal temperature reaches 180 degrees on a meat thermometer.
Surveys over time have used a 100-point thermometer scale to rate how voters feel toward each other, from cold to warm.
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THERMOMETER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thermometer for English Language Learners
: an instrument used for measuring temperature
THERMOMETER Defined for Kids
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 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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