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speedometer

[spee-dom-i-ter, spi-] /spiˈdɒm ɪ tər, spɪ-/
noun
1.
an instrument on an automobile or other vehicle for indicating the rate of travel in miles or kilometers per hour.
Origin of speedometer
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; speed + -o- + -meter
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British Dictionary definitions for speedometer

speedometer

/spɪˈdɒmɪtə/
noun
1.
a device fitted to a vehicle to measure and display the speed of travel See also mileometer
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Word Origin and History for speedometer
n.

1904, from speed + -meter. A Germanic-Greek hybrid and thus execrated by purists.

[T]he ancient Greeks & Romans knew what speed was, & yet no-one supposes they called it speed, whence it follows that speedo- & speedometer are barbarisms. [Fowler]

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speedometer in Science
speedometer
  (spĭ-dŏm'ĭ-tər)   
An instrument for indicating the speed of a vehicle, typically by measuring the rate of rotation of a wheel or fan whose rate of rotation depends on the speed of the vehicle. Compare odometer.
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