thermometer ther·mom·e·ter (thər-mŏm'ĭ-tər)
An instrument for measuring temperature.
|thermometer (thər-mŏm'ĭ-tər) Pronunciation Key
An instrument used to measure temperature. There are many types of thermometers; the most common consist of a closed, graduated glass tube in which a liquid expands or contracts as the temperature increases or decreases. Other types of thermometers work by detecting changes in the volume or pressure of an enclosed gas or by registering thermoelectric changes in a conductor (such as a thermistor or thermocouple).