- archaic a graduated pillar by which the rise and fall of the Nile can be measured
Examples from the Web for nilometer
The moon-god Khons bears in his hands either a palm-branch or "the Nilometer."Moon Lore
All these things were regulated by the indications of the Nilometer.Xerxes
He looked uneasily at the Nilometer, in which the water had sunk.Historical Miniatures
This is the isle of Rodda, on the bank of which Moses was found, and where you may see the Nilometer.The Rulers of the Mediterranean
Richard Harding Davis
Nilometer, nī-lom′e-tėr, n. a gauge for measuring the height of water in the river Nile: any river-gauge—also Nī′loscope.