[ muh-nom-i-ter ]
/ məˈnɒm ɪ tər /
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an instrument for measuring the pressure of a fluid, consisting of a tube filled with a liquid, the level of the liquid being determined by the fluid pressure and the height of the liquid being indicated on a scale.
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Origin of manometer
1700–10; <French manomètre, equivalent to mano- (<Greek manós loose, rare, sparse) + -mètre-meter
OTHER WORDS FROM manometerman·o·met·ric [man-uh-me-trik], /ˌmæn əˈmɛ trɪk/, man·o·met·ri·cal, adjectiveman·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbma·nom·e·try, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for manometer
/ (məˈnɒmɪtə) /
an instrument for comparing pressures; typically a glass U-tube containing mercury, in which pressure is indicated by the difference in levels in the two arms of the tube
Derived forms of manometermanometric (ˌmænəʊˈmɛtrɪk) or manometrical, adjectivemanometrically, adverbmanometry, noun
Word Origin for manometer
C18: from French manomètre, from Greek manos sparse + metron measure
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Scientific definitions for manometer
[ mə-nŏm′ĭ-tər ]
An instrument used to measure the pressure exerted by liquids and gases. Pressure is exerted on one end of a U-shaped tube partially filled with liquid; the liquid is displaced upwards on the other side of the tube by a distance proportional to the pressure difference on each side of the tube.
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