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rain gauge

an instrument for measuring rainfall.
Also called pluviometer.
Origin of rain gauge
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A rain gauge should be kept in every school yard, so that every shower can be measured.

  • The rain gauge consists essentially of a funnel to collect the rain, and a graduated glass to measure it.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich

    E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • Benedetto Castelli, being interested in the effect of rainfall on the level of a lake, constructed a rain gauge about 1628.

  • The rain gauge is graduated to the thousandth part of an inch, and the receiver of it is elevated 40 feet from the ground.

  • The rain gauge consists of three separate parts, the receiver A, the overflow attachment B, and the measuring tube C.

  • A rain gauge which was not exposed to the full intensity of the storm caught 8.80 inches of water in one hour.

  • Six years ago I received from Australia an exceedingly beautiful photograph of a thin pellicle found in a rain gauge.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • Each sequoia, on the other hand, draws its moisture from an area thousands of times as large as a rain gauge.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • Hence they represent the summation of the rainfall over an area millions of times as large as that of a rain gauge.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
British Dictionary definitions for rain gauge

rain gauge

an instrument for measuring rainfall or snowfall, consisting of a cylinder covered by a funnel-like lid Also called pluviometer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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