Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

chronometer

[kruh-nom-i-ter] /krəˈnɒm ɪ tər/
noun
1.
a timepiece or timing device with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy, for use in determining longitude at sea or for any purpose where very exact measurement of time is required.
2.
any timepiece, especially a wristwatch, designed for the highest accuracy.
Origin of chronometer
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; chrono- + -meter
Related forms
chronometric
[kron-uh-me-trik] /ˌkrɒn əˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
chronometrical, adjective
chronometrically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for chronometer
Historical Examples
  • We were now questioned about our longitude, and whether we had a chronometer.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The captain kept his eyes fixed on the chronometer in his hand.

  • The chronometer on the mantel was obscured by a thick layer of dust.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Faces isn't the chronometer to steer your boat to the good ones.

  • He stood with a strained tautness, staring feverishly at the chronometer.

    Competition James Causey
  • Bishop noticed the thistle bouquet in a vase over the chronometer.

    Competition James Causey
  • But the terrible question was, how near right is the chronometer?

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • He looked at the chronometer on the wall—he had slept twelve hours!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • The famous London chronometer told him that it was nine o'clock.

  • "It is now a quarter to," said the professor, regarding his chronometer.

    The Wizard of the Sea

    Roy Rockwood
British Dictionary definitions for chronometer

chronometer

/krəˈnɒmɪtə/
noun
1.
a timepiece designed to be accurate in all conditions of temperature, pressure, etc, used esp at sea
Derived Forms
chronometric (ˌkrɒnəˈmɛtrɪk), chronometrical, adjective
chronometrically, adverb
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 chronometer
n.

1735, from chrono- "time" + -meter. Related: Chronometric.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
chronometer in Science
chronometer
  (krə-nŏm'ĭ-tər)   
An extremely accurate clock or other timepiece. Chronometers are used in scientific experiments, navigation, and astronomical observations. It was the invention of a chronometer capable of being used aboard ship, in 1762, that allowed navigators for the first time to accurately determine their longitude at sea.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for chronometer

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chronometer

18
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for chronometer