follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

thermometer

[ther-mom-i-ter] /θərˈmɒm ɪ tər/
noun
1.
an instrument for measuring temperature, often a sealed glass tube that contains a column of liquid, as mercury, that expands and contracts, or rises and falls, with temperature changes, the temperature being read where the top of the column coincides with a calibrated scale marked on the tube or its frame.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; thermo- + -meter
Related forms
thermometric
[thur-muh-me-trik] /ˌθɜr məˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
thermometrical, adjective
thermometrically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for thermometric

thermometer

/θəˈmɒmɪtə/
noun
1.
an instrument used to measure temperature, esp one in which a thin column of liquid, such as mercury, expands and contracts within a graduated sealed tube See also clinical thermometer, gas thermometer, resistance thermometer, thermocouple, pyrometer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for thermometric

thermometer

n.

1630s, from French thermomètre (1620s), coined by Jesuit Father Leuréchon from Greek thermos "hot" (see thermal) + metron "measure" (see -meter). An earlier, Latinate form was thermoscopium (1610s). The earliest such device was Galileo's air-thermometer, invented c.1597.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
thermometric in Medicine

thermometer ther·mom·e·ter (thər-mŏm'ĭ-tər)
n.
An instrument for measuring temperature.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
thermometric in Science
thermometer
  (thər-mŏm'ĭ-tər)   
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).
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for thermometer

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for thermometric

21
23
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for thermometric