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  1. an instrument for measuring acceleration, as of aircraft or guided missiles.

Origin of accelerometer

First recorded in 1900–05; acceler(ation) + -o- + -meter
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  • But I wasnt really to find out what that accelerometer was for until I used it.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • I knew that the accelerometer was to indicate the force of the pull-outs.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • At eight thousand feet on the altimeter I shifted my gaze to the accelerometer and horsed.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • The accelerometer climbed higher and higher, and he felt as though he could hardly move his hands to the proper switches.

    The Man Who Hated Mars

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • For an instant, the accelerometer hovered at twelve G, and slipped toward thirteen.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for accelerometer


  1. an instrument for measuring acceleration, esp of an aircraft or rocket
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