penetrometer

[pen-i-trom-i-ter]
noun
1.
a device for measuring the penetrating power of x-ray or other radiations.
2.
a device for measuring the penetrability of a solid.

Origin:
1900–05; penetr(ate) + -o- + -meter

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penetrometer (ˌpɛnɪˈtrɒmɪtə)
 
n
physics an instrument used to measure the penetrating power of radiation, such as X-rays

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penetrometer pen·e·trom·e·ter (pěn'ĭ-trŏm'ĭ-tər) or pen·e·tram·e·ter (-trām'ĭ-tər)
n.

  1. A device for measuring penetrating power of radiation, especially x-rays.

  2. A device for measuring the penetrability of semisolids.

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penetrometer (pěn'ĭ-trŏm'ĭ-tər) also penetrameter   (pěn'ĭ-trŏm'ĭ-tər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A device for measuring the penetrating power of electromagnetic radiation, especially x-rays.

  2. A device for measuring the denseness, compaction, or penetrability of a substance, such as soil, agricultural produce, or semisolid petroleum products. A penetrometer typically measures the resistance of the substance to penetration to a given depth by a weight-driven cone or needle of a given shape.


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Example sentences
Using a penetrometer to map compaction variations within a field requires a lot of effort.
However, the penetrometer data are not always available, and depth of core could be based on core recovery length.
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