[ dahy-nuh-mom-i-ter ]

  1. a device for measuring mechanical force, as a balance.

  2. a device for measuring mechanical power, especially one that measures the output or driving torque of a rotating machine.

Origin of dynamometer

First recorded in 1800–10; dynamo- + -meter

Words Nearby dynamometer

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How to use dynamometer in a sentence

  • A very heavy strain was imposed on the wire as the vessel rose in the swell; the dynamometer registering up to seven tons.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • At the last the levitation was such that the dynamometer rested horizontally on the table.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion
  • Manufacturers usually test yarn and fabrics by means of an instrument called a dynamometer.

    Textiles | William H. Dooley
  • Carried upon the bridge is a platform which bears a number of instruments, chief among which is a self-recording dynamometer.

  • The incline of the track, added to the reading of the dynamometer, showed a total screw thrust of 2,164 lbs.

    A History of Aeronautics | E. Charles Vivian

British Dictionary definitions for dynamometer


/ (ˌdaɪnəˈmɒmɪtə) /

  1. any of a number of instruments for measuring power or force

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