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chronometer

[kruh-nom-i-ter] /krəˈnɒm ɪ tər/
noun
1.
a timepiece or timing device with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy, for use in determining longitude at sea or for any purpose where very exact measurement of time is required.
2.
any timepiece, especially a wristwatch, designed for the highest accuracy.
Origin of chronometer
1705-1715
1705-15; chrono- + -meter
Related forms
chronometric
[kron-uh-me-trik] /ˌkrɒn əˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
chronometrical, adjective
chronometrically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for chronometer
Historical Examples
  • What does a man who has had a glass too much call a chronometer?

  • The captain kept his eyes fixed on the chronometer in his hand.

  • The commander checked his chronometer as the delegates went to send their coded reports to their home worlds.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • The chronometer on the mantel was obscured by a thick layer of dust.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • There is one more very important fact to know about the chronometer.

    Lectures in Navigation Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  • Bishop noticed the thistle bouquet in a vase over the chronometer.

    Competition James Causey
  • He lay just as, in the vision, I had seen him; the chronometer was above him and the two heavy revolvers hung underneath it.

  • But the terrible question was, how near right is the chronometer?

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • A good deal of thought and study can be bestowed to great advantage on the "action" of a chronometer escapement.

  • He looked at the chronometer on the wall—he had slept twelve hours!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for chronometer

chronometer

/krəˈnɒmɪtə/
noun
1.
a timepiece designed to be accurate in all conditions of temperature, pressure, etc, used esp at sea
Derived Forms
chronometric (ˌkrɒnəˈmɛtrɪk), chronometrical, adjective
chronometrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chronometer
n.

1735, from chrono- "time" + -meter. Related: Chronometric.

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chronometer in Science
chronometer
  (krə-nŏm'ĭ-tər)   
An extremely accurate clock or other timepiece. Chronometers are used in scientific experiments, navigation, and astronomical observations. It was the invention of a chronometer capable of being used aboard ship, in 1762, that allowed navigators for the first time to accurately determine their longitude at sea.
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