volt·​me·​ter | \ ˈvōlt-ˌmē-tər How to pronounce voltmeter (audio) \

Definition of voltmeter

: an instrument (such as a galvanometer) for measuring in volts the differences in potential between different points of an electrical circuit

Examples of voltmeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Correct dosages must be determined through trial and error, and that trusty voltmeter is in the water to alert the team to any discharges, should the animal not be completely asleep. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 One is for boost, one is a voltmeter, and the third is a sort of tachometer for the turbochargers. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2021 Test the wires with the voltmeter to triple-check voltage levels. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 27 July 2020 When something did not work, Dad would pull out his voltmeter with confidence. Hillary Mullan, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2019 The pocket oscilloscope, the Raspberry Pi radio, the voice changer, the mini voltmeter, and an LED glove. Eric Johnson, Recode, 27 Aug. 2018 Use a test light or voltmeter to make sure the battery is alive; if not, hook it up to an external charger to ensure the brakes are in working order. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 6 Jan. 2017 The following day, Mr. Negrón and his daughter and son-in-law headed to a Home Depot in Mayagüez, down the coast, to buy a voltmeter to test the device and to look for another generator. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2017 P.S. How come a device for measuring temperature is a thermometer and a device for measuring electric potential is a voltmeter? Rhett Allain, WIRED, 3 Sep. 2010 See More

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First Known Use of voltmeter

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Voltmeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltmeter. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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volt·​me·​ter | \ ˈvōlt-ˌmēt-ər How to pronounce voltmeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of voltmeter

: an instrument (as a galvanometer) for measuring in volts the differences of potential between different points of an electrical circuit

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