[ kuhl-uh-rim-i-ter ]

  1. a device that analyzes color by measuring a given color in terms of a standard color, a scale of colors, or certain primary colors.

Origin of colorimeter

First recorded in 1860–65; color + -i- + -meter

Other words from colorimeter

  • col·or·i·met·ric [kuhl-er-uh-me-trik], /ˌkʌl ɛr əˈmɛ trɪk/, col·or·i·met·ri·cal, adjective
  • col·or·i·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • col·or·im·e·trist, noun
  • col·or·im·e·try, noun

Words Nearby colorimeter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use colorimeter in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for colorimeter


/ (ˌkʌləˈrɪmɪtə) /

  1. Also called: tintometer an apparatus for determining the concentration of a solution of a coloured substance by comparing the intensity of its colour with that of a standard solution or with standard colour slides

  2. any apparatus for measuring the quality of a colour by comparison with standard colours or combinations of colours

Derived forms of colorimeter

  • colorimetric (ˌkʌlərɪˈmɛtrɪk) or colorimetrical, adjective
  • colorimetrically, adverb
  • colorimetry, noun

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