thermostat

noun
ther·mo·stat | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌstat \

Definition of thermostat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an automatic device for regulating temperature (as by controlling the supply of gas or electricity to a heating apparatus) also : a similar device for actuating fire alarms or for controlling automatic sprinklers

thermostat

verb
thermostated\ˈthər-mə-ˌsta-təd \ also thermostatted; thermostating also thermostatting

Definition of thermostat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or control the temperature of by a thermostat

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Other words from thermostat

Noun

thermostatic \ˌthər-mə-ˈsta-tik \ adjective
thermostatically \ˌthər-mə-ˈsta-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of thermostat in a Sentence

Noun

I set the thermostat to 68 degrees.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of tech’s biggest companies make smart home products, such as Amazon with its Echo speaker and Alphabet’s Nest smart thermostat. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse," 23 June 2018 The program offers homeowners and landlords interest-free loans to pay for residential improvements from insulation to smart thermostats. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Duke settlement paying to improve energy efficiency," 29 Jan. 2018 Meritage and Lennar offer home automation systems that allow homeowners to control the thermostat, lighting and other systems from anywhere using their phone. Houston Chronicle, "Stay cool this summer at Elyson with energy-efficient new homes," 29 Apr. 2018 Guests now have the ability to control the thermostats at most hotels. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The hotel room of the future: Here's what hotels are doing to adapt to travelers," 23 Feb. 2018 This unit basically moves air by sucking it in through a vent from a central area, usually near a home’s thermostat, then blowing it out through a supply box, which has duct lines leading to all the rooms of a home. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Why buying an air conditioner online is a risky proposition," 30 Apr. 2018 Intel, Google, Amazon and others have invested billions in hopes of automating home technology to link thermostats, appliances, home security and lighting to ubiquitous mobile technology. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "IOTAS, Intel-backed Portland startup, brings the digital home to thousands of apartments," 27 Apr. 2018 The Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation) is our runner-up for best smart thermostat. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Get your home ready for summer with $50 off Nest, Ecobee smart thermostats," 18 May 2018 How thermostats can help Thermostats can also play a part in helping to reduce the amount of energy your high-efficiency air conditioner consumes. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Air Conditioner Shopping? Understand the importance of SEER ratings, programmable thermostats," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of thermostat

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1924, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for thermostat

thermostat

noun
ther·mo·stat | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌstat \

Kids Definition of thermostat

: a device that automatically controls temperature

thermostat

noun
ther·mo·stat | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌstat \

Medical Definition of thermostat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an automatic device for regulating temperature (as by controlling the supply of gas or electricity to a heating apparatus)

2 : a piece of apparatus (as a constant-temperature chamber) regulated by a thermostat

Other words from thermostat

thermostatic \ˌthər-mə-ˈstat-ik \ adjective
thermostatically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

thermostat

transitive verb
thermostated\-ˌstat-əd \ or thermostatted; thermostating or thermostatting

Medical Definition of thermostat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with or control the temperature of by a thermostat a thermostated centrifuge

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