a device for measuring mechanical force, as a balance.
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
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Examples from the Web for dynamometer

Historical Examples of dynamometer

  • The ratio of increase in the volume of coal-power may serve as dynamometer.

  • Testing the breaking strength and the elasticity by the dynamometer.


    William H. Dooley

  • But when we came to try it with the dynamometer it surprised us.

    My Airships

    Alberto Santos-Dumont

  • The news soon spread; men rushed from compass to dynamometer.

    The Atlantic Telegraph

    William Howard Russell

  • Dynamometer: with both hands, 84; with right, 54; with left, 43.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for dynamometer



any of a number of instruments for measuring power or force
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Medicine definitions for dynamometer




An instrument for measuring the degree of muscular power.ergometer
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