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[ta-kom-i-ter, tuh-] /tæˈkɒm ɪ tər, tə-/
any of various instruments for measuring or indicating velocity or speed, as of a machine, a river, or the blood.
an instrument measuring revolutions per minute, as of an engine.
Origin of tachometer
First recorded in 1800-10; tacho- + -meter
Related forms
[tak-uh-me-trik-lee] /ˌtæk əˈmɛ trɪk li/ (Show IPA),
tachometry, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tachometer
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  • It is driven by a 220-volt motor connected to a tachometer which reads both meters per second and revolutions per minute.

  • He watched his tachometer, which indicated his revolutions per minute.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • It had been suggested that the revolutions in Africa occurred so often that only a tachometer could keep up with them.

    Hail to the Chief Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I guess the first thing that Lindy watched was the tachometer.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • There is a gear which serves to drive the magnetos and tachometer, also the air pump.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • A tachometer was also employed to observe the number of turns that the screw was making in a minute.

  • His clock and his tachometer assured him that he was well past Easton.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • The engine was next started and the number of revolutions of the propellers counted by a tachometer.

    Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight, Parts I and II S. P. (Samuel Pierpont) Langley and Charles M. (Charles Matthews) Manly
British Dictionary definitions for tachometer


any device for measuring speed, esp the rate of revolution of a shaft. Tachometers (rev counters) are often fitted to cars to indicate the number of revolutions per minute of the engine
Derived Forms
tachometric (ˌtækəˈmɛtrɪk), tachometrical, adjective
tachometrically, adverb
tachometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for tachometer

1810, from Greek tachos "speed" + -meter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tachometer in Medicine

tachometer ta·chom·e·ter (tā-kŏm'ĭ-tər, tə-)
An instrument used to measure the rotations per minute of a rotating shaft.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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