an instrument for measuring the flow rate of a fluid in a pipe.

1915–20; flow + -meter

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flowmeter (ˈfləʊˌmiːtə)
an instrument that measures the rate of flow of a liquid or gas within a pipe or tube

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flowmeter flow·me·ter (flō'mē'-tər)
An instrument for monitoring, measuring, or recording the rate of flow, pressure, or discharge of liquids or gasses.

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Example sentences
Flowmeter discharge data was only recorded every minute while pressure data was
  recorded every two seconds.
As each tube is opened, surges of flow and pressure occur at the flowmeter in
  the dispenser.
Once in operation and enabled, the water pump runs at this speed continuously
  with the flowmeter output displayed for reference.
Flowmeter logs record the direction and rate of vertical borehole flow.
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