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noun Meteorology.
  1. any instrument for measuring the speed of wind.
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Origin of anemometer

First recorded in 1720–30; anemo- + -meter
Related formsan·e·mo·met·ric [an-uh-moh-me-trik] /ˌæn ə moʊˈmɛ trɪk/, an·e·mo·met·ri·cal, adjectivean·e·mo·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for anemometer

barometer, anemometer, anemograph, windsock, cock, vane, weathercock

Examples from the Web for anemometer

Historical Examples of anemometer

  • The anemometer is an instrument for measuring the force and velocity of the wind.


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • This is done by the familiar weather-vane and the anemometer.

  • First take the reading of the discs on the anemometer and note the time.

    The Gunner's Examiner

    Harold E. Cloke

  • "Why, to make one on the principle of the anemometer," replied Ralph.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster

  • The velocity of the wind was ascertained by an anemometer of the best London make.

British Dictionary definitions for anemometer


  1. Also called: wind gauge an instrument for recording the speed and often the direction of winds
  2. any instrument that measures the rate of movement of a fluid
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Derived Formsanemometric (ˌænɪməʊˈmɛtrɪk) or anemometrical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anemometer


1727, from anemo- "wind" + -meter.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anemometer in Science


  1. An instrument that measures the speed of the wind or of another flowing fluid. The most basic type of anemometer consists of a series of cups mounted at the end of arms that rotate in the wind. The speed with which the cups rotate indicates the wind speed. In this form, the anemometer also indicates the direction of the wind.♦ Other anemometers include the pressure-tube anemometer, which uses the pressure generated by the wind to measure its speed, and the hot-wire anemometer, which uses the rate at which heat from a hot wire is transferred to the surrounding air to measure wind speed.
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