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[puh-dom-i-ter] /pəˈdɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument worn by a walker or runner for recording the number of steps taken, thereby showing approximately the distance traveled.
Origin of pedometer
1723; < French pédomètre, equivalent to péd- (learned use of Latin ped- foot (stem of pēs); see pedi-) + -omètre (see -o-, -meter)
Related forms
[ped-uh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌpɛd əˈmɛ trɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
pedometrically, adverb
pedometrist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pedometer
  • It comes with a salad, bottled water, a book of walking tips and a pedometer.
  • They ignore the chatter in the health media over treadmill technique and pedometer steps.
  • You're under no legal obligation to wear a pedometer or shed pounds.
  • For the real test of your physical activity, get a pedometer.
  • Many people find wearing a pedometer is an easy and motivational way to track activity.
British Dictionary definitions for pedometer


a device containing a pivoted weight that records the number of steps taken in walking and hence the distance travelled
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Word Origin and History for pedometer

instrument for measuring distances covered by a walker, 1723, from French pédomètre (1712), a hybrid coined from Latin pedis (genitive of pes "foot;" see foot (n.)) + Greek metron (see -meter). At first Englished as waywiser.

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