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Pitot tube

[pee-toh, pee-toh] /ˈpi toʊ, piˈtoʊ/
noun
1.
(often lowercase) an instrument for measuring fluid velocity, consisting of a narrow tube, one end of which is open and faces upstream, the other end being connected to a manometer.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; named after Henri Pitot (1695-1771), French physicist, who invented it
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British Dictionary definitions for Pitot tube

Pitot tube

/ˈpiːtəʊ/
noun
1.
a small tube placed in a fluid with its open end upstream and the other end connected to a manometer. It measures the total pressure of the fluid
2.
short for Pitot-static tube, esp one fitted to an aircraft
Word Origin
C18: named after its inventor, Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist
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