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

Examples of thermometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All over the country, people had raided food stores and drugstores; thermometers, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper had disappeared in many places. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Things About the Biden-Sanders Debate That Were Impossible to Explain," 16 Mar. 2020 The woman booked an appointment and relayed her symptoms to the doctor, but soon realized one downside of a virtual visit: A patient may need tools, such as a thermometer, just to relay vital signs to a doctor across town. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "Telemedicine Is a Safety Valve for a Strained Health Care System," 14 Mar. 2020 Your donation will go to pay for items that these folks need: a box of cereal or a couple cans of soup, a thermometer, bottle of aspirin, or toilet paper. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Want to help during the coronavirus outbreak? Give money," 13 Mar. 2020 Because of this effect, bimetals are often used to indicate temperature changes, such as in pointer dial thermometers (such as those used in ovens or refrigerators). Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Curl Metals with Heat," 20 Feb. 2020 Rice cooker, hand citrus juicer, zester, slow cooker, meat thermometer, sharp knives. Vanessa Paredes, Redbook, "8 Expert Cooking Tips For People Looking to Dine Out Less in the New Year," 14 Jan. 2020 Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramel is light brown and registers 300 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Making sweet food gifts for Christmas always a great idea," 9 Dec. 2019 Cook until the turkey reaches 145 degrees when checked in the center with a meat thermometer, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The sous-vide machine to the rescue," 20 Nov. 2019 San Antonio shifted from summer to fall at 2:50 a.m. Monday, but the thermometer — still pushing the mid- and upper 90s every day — is ignoring that fact. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "It’s autumn, except the thermometer in San Antonio doesn’t know it," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of thermometer was in 1633

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19 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thermometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermometer. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for thermometer

thermometer

noun
How to pronounce thermometer (audio)

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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