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noun Physics.
  1. a device for measuring expansion caused by changes in temperature in substances.
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Origin of dilatometer

First recorded in 1880–85; dilate + -o- + -meter
Related formsdil·a·to·met·ric [dil-uh-tuh-me-trik] /ˌdɪl ə təˈmɛ trɪk/, adjectivedil·a·to·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbdil·a·tom·e·try, noun
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Examples from the Web for dilatometer

Historical Examples

  • In using the dilatometer, two methods of procedure may be followed.

    The Phase Rule and Its Applications

    Alexander Findlay

  • The dilatometer was charged with a mixture of the two sulphates.

British Dictionary definitions for dilatometer


  1. any instrument for measuring changes in dimension: often a glass bulb fitted with a long stopper through which a capillary tube runs, used for measuring volume changes of liquids
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Derived Formsdilatometric (ˌdɪlətəˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivedilatometrically, adverbdilatometry, noun
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