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[puh-dom-i-ter] /pəˈdɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument worn by a walker or runner for recording the number of steps taken, thereby showing approximately the distance traveled.
Origin of pedometer
1723; < French pédomètre, equivalent to péd- (learned use of Latin ped- foot (stem of pēs); see pedi-) + -omètre (see -o-, -meter)
Related forms
[ped-uh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌpɛd əˈmɛ trɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
pedometrically, adverb
pedometrist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pedometer
Contemporary Examples
  • To help increase overall movement throughout the day, most fitness trackers measure total steps taken (similar to a pedometer).

    How to Better Use Your Data January 7, 2014
Historical Examples
  • Sometimes an engineer carries what is called a pedometer in his pocket, which tells him how far he has walked.

  • The purpose of the pedometer, as its name shows, is to measure the children.

  • Distance, by guide-book, twelve miles; by pedometer seventy-two.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I glanced furtively at my pedometer, and found I had made 47 miles.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "Ten rounds of the promenade deck make a mile," said my room-mate consulting his pedometer.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
  • Against this there is the check of the pedometer or some other automatic measure for distance covered.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • I took out my pedometer, but it still marked twenty-five, not a degree more.

  • Jefferson writes him of a new invention, a pedometer; and he wants one for his own pocket.

    James Madison Sydney Howard Gay
  • Against this the pedometer offered a check, and the compass gave the course.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for pedometer


a device containing a pivoted weight that records the number of steps taken in walking and hence the distance travelled
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Word Origin and History for pedometer

instrument for measuring distances covered by a walker, 1723, from French pédomètre (1712), a hybrid coined from Latin pedis (genitive of pes "foot;" see foot (n.)) + Greek metron (see -meter). At first Englished as waywiser.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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