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

Nearby words

  1. colorfast,
  2. colorfield,
  3. colorful,
  4. colorfully,
  5. colorific,
  6. colorimetry,
  7. coloring,
  8. coloring book,
  9. colorism,
  10. colorist

Origin of colorimeter

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

Related formscol·or·i·met·ric [kuhl-er-uh-me-trik] /ˌkʌl ɛr əˈmɛ trɪk/, col·or·i·met·ri·cal, adjectivecol·or·i·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbcol·or·im·e·trist, nouncol·or·im·e·try, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for colorimetry



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
any apparatus for measuring the quality of a colour by comparison with standard colours or combinations of colours
Derived Formscolorimetric (ˌkʌlərɪˈmɛtrɪk) or colorimetrical, adjectivecolorimetrically, adverbcolorimetry, noun

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Medicine definitions for colorimetry




A technique for measuring the concentration of a known constituent of a solution by comparison of colors of standard solutions of that constituent.
Related formscol′or•i•metric (-ər-ə-mĕtrĭk) adj.

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