thermometer

noun
ther·​mom·​e·​ter | \ thər-ˈmä-mə-tər How to pronounce thermometer (audio) , thə-ˈmä-mə-tər \
plural thermometers

Definition of thermometer

: an instrument for determining temperature specifically : one consisting of a sensor housed in a metal probe that registers a change in electrical resistance as a change in temperature

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Other Words from thermometer

thermometric \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce thermometer (audio) \ adjective
thermometrically \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce thermometer (audio) \ adverb

Examples of thermometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lavatools Carbon Lite wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer, $50. Kara Nelson | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "5 picks to help measure success -- over the holidays and beyond," 21 Dec. 2020 After a high of 10 degrees Friday, the thermometer might not get above zero again until Tuesday. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Loppet ski races in Minneapolis this weekend called off due to extreme cold," 5 Feb. 2021 Normally $29, this thermometer is on sale for just $20.99, or 30 percent off. Popular Science, "This top-rated forehead thermometer is on sale for just $21," 23 Jan. 2021 Their only thermometer was in centigrade, so Klobuchar had to Google the conversion. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 With readings in just three seconds and the ability to store up to 10 previous readings, this thermometer is handy to keep by your side. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "33 genius ways to spend your FSA dollars before they expire," 22 Dec. 2020 Wind chills are in the upper 20s early but 30s throughout the day as the thermometer struggles to top out around 40 degrees to mid-40s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Growing shower chances today, with more rain tonight," 4 Dec. 2020 Aim the probe at the center of your forehead, press the measurement button to start the test and the thermometer will vibrate once the reading is complete. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Cyber Monday bestsellers: Best deals, top selling products we've covered," 30 Nov. 2020 Regularly priced at $64, the ThermoWorks ChefAlarm probe thermometer is on sale for $48 for a limited time. Valerie Li Stack, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2020: This probe thermometer is at an incredibly low price right now," 27 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of thermometer was in 1633

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Thermometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermometer. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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