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[gruh-vim-i-ter] /grəˈvɪm ɪ tər/
an instrument for measuring the specific gravity of a solid or liquid.
Also called gravity meter. an instrument for measuring variations in the gravitational field of the earth by detecting differences in weight of an object of constant mass at different points on the earth's surface.
1790-1800; < French gravimètre, equivalent to gravi- (combining form of Latin gravis heavy) + -mètre -meter Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gravimeter
  • The relative gravimeter works by comparing two or more measurements of gravity.
  • Some of these gravity stations serve as reference stations for relative gravimeter surveys.
  • The gravity field can be measured with an instrument called a gravimeter.
British Dictionary definitions for gravimeter


an instrument for measuring the earth's gravitational field at points on its surface
an instrument for measuring relative density
Derived Forms
gravimetry, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French gravimètre, from Latin gravis heavy
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gravimeter in Medicine

gravimeter gra·vim·e·ter (grā-vĭm'ĭ-tər, grā'və-mē'-)

  1. See hydrometer.

  2. An instrument used to measure variations in a gravitational field.

gra·vim'e·try (grā-vĭm'ĭ-trē, grə-) n.
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gravimeter in Science
  1. An instrument used to measure variations in a gravitational field, typically by measuring the rate of acceleration of a falling body. Gravimeters are used to survey geological features with different densities beneath the Earth's surface, such as ore-laden rock or oil fields, that affect the local strength of gravity above them.

  2. An instrument, such as a hydrometer, used to measure the specific gravity of a liquid or solid.

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Encyclopedia Article for gravimeter

sensitive device for measuring variations in the Earth's gravitational field, useful in prospecting for oil and minerals. In one form, it consists of a weight suspended from a spring; variations in gravity cause variations in the extension of the spring. A number of different mechanical and optical schemes have been developed to measure this deflection, which in general is very small. Gravimeters have been developed that can detect variations in the Earth's gravitational field as small as one part in 10,000,000.

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