speed·​om·​e·​ter spi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce speedometer (audio)
: an instrument for indicating speed : tachometer
: an instrument for indicating distance traversed as well as speed of travel
also : odometer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the right are a speedometer, odometer, a clock, and a few more colorfully flashing lights. Car and Driver, 27 Jan. 2023 The easy-to-read Bosch Purion speedometer allows the rider to scroll through functions without having to take their hands off the handlebars. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2022 After pulling directly behind the Dodge and traveling around four miles at a speed of 130 mph on a calibrated speedometer, officers made a traffic stop, the state police said. Hartford Courant, 18 Aug. 2022 But as Pitt and the film crew looked on, there were problems, ostensibly stemming from a broken speedometer. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 The measurement is more like a speedometer than a clock, says Belsky. Jeanne Erdmann, Discover Magazine, 25 Jan. 2022 McCabe’s rip from the high slot hit 89 mph on the speedometer, and teammates ribbed him for it. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 To that end, the case is equipped with an 18-karat gold speedometer and oil and fuel indicators that mirror the analog gauges of a racecar, along with three decorative switches. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2022 Novel interior design promises an engaging ergonomic experience that includes an LED speedometer at the center of the yoke-style steering wheel that stays level as the wheel turns. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


speed entry 1 + -o- + -meter

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of speedometer was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Speedometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


speed·​om·​e·​ter spi-ˈdäm-ət-ər How to pronounce speedometer (audio)
: an instrument that measures speed
: an instrument that both measures speed and records distance traveled

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