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[muh-nom-i-ter] /məˈnɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument for measuring the pressure of a fluid, consisting of a tube filled with a liquid, the level of the liquid being determined by the fluid pressure and the height of the liquid being indicated on a scale.
Origin of manometer
1700-10; < French manomètre, equivalent to mano- (< Greek manós loose, rare, sparse) + -mètre -meter
Related forms
[man-uh-me-trik] /ˌmæn əˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
manometrical, adjective
manometrically, adverb
manometry, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for manometer
Historical Examples
  • I was able to follow our submersion by means of the manometer.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • I could now follow the ascent of the boat without consulting the manometer.

  • The needle of the manometer indicated nine thousand five hundred feet, and was rapidly nearing the next division.

  • In the same way we may use a manometer to measure osmotic pressure.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • They threw the manometer into the water to see if it would float.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • The first wave which comes through is heard as a click, and occurs at a point on the manometer or dial scale from 5-10 mm.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • A cylinder filled with water (a) was connected by means of tubing (b) to a U-tube, or manometer (c), filled with mercury.

  • This pressure is transmitted directly to the manometer G, and may be read off in centimeters of water on the accompanying scale.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • "Ask them how the manometer stands, Chalmers," ordered the Hon. Derek.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • There are certain precautions which must be strictly observed when deductions are drawn from the manometer readings.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
British Dictionary definitions for manometer


an instrument for comparing pressures; typically a glass U-tube containing mercury, in which pressure is indicated by the difference in levels in the two arms of the tube
Derived Forms
manometric (ˌmænəʊˈmɛtrɪk), manometrical, adjective
manometrically, adverb
manometry, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French manomètre, from Greek manos sparse + metron measure
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Word Origin and History for manometer

1730, from French manomètre (1706), said to have been coined by French mathematician Pierre Varignon (1654-1722) from Greek manos "thin, rare; loose in texture, porous; scanty, few" (see mono-) + -mètre (see -meter). Related: Manometric.

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manometer in Medicine

manometer ma·nom·e·ter (mā-nŏm'ĭ-tər)

  1. An instrument that is used for measuring the pressure of liquids and gases.

  2. A sphygmomanometer.

man'o·met'ric (mān'ə-mět'rĭk) or man'o·met'ri·cal adj.
ma·nom'e·try n.
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manometer in Science

An instrument used to measure the pressure exerted by liquids and gases. Pressure is exerted on one end of a U-shaped tube partially filled with liquid; the liquid is displaced upwards on the other side of the tube by a distance proportional to the pressure difference on each side of the tube.
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