speed·​om·​e·​ter | \ spi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce speedometer (audio) \

Definition of speedometer

1 : an instrument for indicating speed : tachometer
2 : an instrument for indicating distance traversed as well as speed of travel also : odometer

Examples of speedometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That central panel might take some getting used to, as it’s also where the speedometer is located. James Morris, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 With the speedometer needle nearing 200 mph, the car remains stable despite shifting winds and speeds that could put a Boeing in the air, and the steering tracks true and never lightens. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 22 Oct. 2021 The company is working on technology that would access functions like the climate-control system, speedometer, radio, and seats, according to people with knowledge of the effort. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Comfort is ideal for slower speeds, but once in the upper reaches of the speedometer, the Firm setting works best, absorbing hard impacts and obstacles quicker and more efficiently. Bryan Campbell, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 Tests can’t be swapped in for vaccines for the same reasons a smoke detector can’t sub in for fireproofing, a car speedometer can’t replace a seat belt, and a weather report can’t take the place of an umbrella. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 27 Sep. 2021 Your eyes are on the roadway and the offramp, and not looking at the speedometer. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Those complications make the watch look like a stylish speedometer for the wrist. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2021 The instrument cluster features an analog speedometer and a digital tachometer that looks like the readout of a graphic equalizer. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 2 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of speedometer

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speedometer was in 1903

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3 Dec 2021

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“Speedometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedometer. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of speedometer

: an instrument in a car, truck, etc., that indicates how fast the vehicle is going


speed·​om·​e·​ter | \ spi-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce speedometer (audio) \

Kids Definition of speedometer

: an instrument that measures speed

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