noun Electricity.
an instrument for measuring current in amperes.

1880–85; am(pere) + -meter Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
ammeter (ˈæmˌmiːtə)
an instrument for measuring an electric current in amperes
[C19: am(pere) + -meter]

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Word Origin & History

instrument for measuring the strength of electric currents, 1882, from am(pere) + meter.
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ammeter  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ām'mē'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
An instrument that measures the strength of an electric current, indicating it in amperes. Ammeters typically include a galvanometer; digital ammeters typically include A/D converters as well. Compare ohmmeter, voltmeter.

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instrument for measuring either direct or alternating electric current, in amperes. An ammeter can measure a wide range of current values because at high values only a small portion of the current is directed through the meter mechanism; a shunt in parallel with the meter carries the major portion.

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Example sentences
Put the power source in series with an ammeter and a calibrated variable
If an ammeter is not built into the power supply an ammeter should be wired
  into the circuit to monitor the current flow.
Monitor the current continuously using the ammeter to determine whether or not
  the connector circuit retains its conductance.
Change the circuit and use the multimeter as voltmeter, ammeter, or ohmmeter.
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