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[oh-dom-i-ter] /oʊˈdɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument for measuring distance traveled, as by an automobile.
Origin of odometer
1785-95, Americanism; variant of hodometer < Greek hodó(s) way + -meter
Related forms
[oh-duh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌoʊ dəˈmɛ trɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
odometry, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for odometer
  • Watching your odometer roll over into six figures is a momentous occasion, especially if you drive an electric vehicle.
  • Be sure the mileage indicated on your odometer is correct when buying a used car.
  • odometer fraud occurs when someone illegally rolls back or misrepresents the mileage reading on a vehicle.
  • Vehicle odometer tampering suspect arrested buyers.
  • Ten-model year old and older vehicles are exempt from odometer disclosure requirements.
British Dictionary definitions for odometer


/ɒˈdɒmɪtə; əʊ-/
(US & Canadian) a device that records the number of miles that a bicycle or motor vehicle has travelled Also called mileometer
Derived Forms
odometry, noun
Word Origin
C18 hodometer, from Greek hodos way + -meter
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Word Origin and History for odometer

1791, from French odomètre (1724), from Greek hodos "way" (see cede) + -meter. First recorded in writings of Thomas Jefferson.

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odometer in Science
An instrument for indicating the distance traveled by a vehicle, typically by measuring the number of rotations of a wheel or fan whose rate of rotation depends on the speed of the vehicle. Compare speedometer.
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