- an instrument for measuring distance traveled, as by an automobile.
Origin of odometer
1785–95, Americanism; variant of hodometer < Greek hodó(s) way + -meter
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- US and Canadian a device that records the number of miles that a bicycle or motor vehicle has travelledAlso called: mileometer
C18 hodometer, from Greek hodos way + -meter
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Word Origin and History for odometry
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- An instrument for indicating the distance traveled by a vehicle, typically by measuring the number of rotations of a wheel or fan whose rate of rotation depends on the speed of the vehicle. Compare speedometer.
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