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[pahy-rom-i-ter] /paɪˈrɒm ɪ tər/
an apparatus for measuring high temperatures that uses the radiation emitted by a hot body as a basis for measurement.
Origin of pyrometer
First recorded in 1740-50; pyro- + -meter
Related forms
[pahy-ruh-me-trik] /ˌpaɪ rəˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
pyrometrical, adjective
pyrometrically, adverb
pyrometry, noun Unabridged
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  • He was never tired regulating the tubes, trying the taps, and testing the heat of the gas by the pyrometer.

    All Around the Moon Jules Verne
  • The long tube that held the pyrometer was formed of the same metal.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • In these furnaces the tube of the pyrometer is inserted through one of the apertures at the top, as shown in Fig. 7.

  • "The pyrometer's on the red, and the oven's hot," and the man left his bench.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • When the "new" stove was on, and the "old" one lit for reheating, I went to the pyrometer shanty.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • In one corner was Lavoisier's pyrometer; in another Berard's gas food-warmer.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • In the middle of Riley's call of "Fifty-two-eight," a jangling bell told that the bottom of the pyrometer carrier had touched.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • A somewhat similar instrument is the Gauntlett pyrometer, which is largely used in the north of England.

  • For this reason the use of a pyrometer, when possible, saves mistakes and trouble.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • In each one is introduced a pyrometer, connected electrically with a switchboard located in a separate building.

British Dictionary definitions for pyrometer


an instrument for measuring high temperatures, esp by measuring the brightness (optical pyrometer) or total quantity (radiation pyrometer) of the radiation produced by the source. Other types include the resistance thermometer and the thermocouple
Derived Forms
pyrometric (ˌpaɪrəʊˈmɛtrɪk), pyrometrical, adjective
pyrometrically, adverb
pyrometry, noun
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