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[an-uh-mom-i-ter] /ˌæn əˈmɒm ɪ tər/
noun, Meteorology
any instrument for measuring the speed of wind.
Origin of anemometer
1720-30; anemo- + -meter
Related forms
[an-uh-moh-me-trik] /ˌæn ə moʊˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
anemometrical, adjective
anemometrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anemometer
  • The anemometer at the bottom is still, but the ones higher up are turning slowly.
  • Both the wind vane and the cup anemometer are mounted on vertical poles that rotate.
  • There's some instrumentation on the launch ramp, as well as an anemometer, with the data lines running into a laptop computer.
  • With a slightly different anemometer, the whole family got into the car.
  • Here you will find anemometer loan applications for tribes.
  • The anemometer is fragile and should be treated with the appropriate care.
  • Wind data is available for each site where an anemometer loan program tower is installed.
  • These files were annotated with data record dates, station location and anemometer height history.
  • Favorable performance was displayed by the ultrasonic anemometer.
  • The office had a wind vane, anemometer, and rain gage well exposed on the roof of the building.
British Dictionary definitions for anemometer


Also called wind gauge. an instrument for recording the speed and often the direction of winds
any instrument that measures the rate of movement of a fluid
Derived Forms
anemometric (ˌænɪməʊˈmɛtrɪk), anemometrical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anemometer

1727, from anemo- "wind" + -meter.

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anemometer in Science
An instrument that measures the speed of the wind or of another flowing fluid. The most basic type of anemometer consists of a series of cups mounted at the end of arms that rotate in the wind. The speed with which the cups rotate indicates the wind speed. In this form, the anemometer also indicates the direction of the wind. ◇ Other anemometers include the pressure-tube anemometer, which uses the pressure generated by the wind to measure its speed, and the hot-wire anemometer, which uses the rate at which heat from a hot wire is transferred to the surrounding air to measure wind speed.
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