- an instrument for measuring distance traveled, as by an automobile.
Origin of odometer
1785–95, Americanism; variant of hodometer < Greek hodó(s) way + -meter
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Examples from the Web for odometer
Inferno pegs the odometer needle into the red at the outset and stays there for nearly 500 pages.‘Inferno’: Dan’s Brown’s Best Book Yet
May 14, 2013
So he opened it, and leaned over to have a look at the odometer to check the mileage.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
The crop meter was attached to the dashboard of an automobile and connected by cable to the odometer.
An Odometer is an apparatus for measuring distances travelled by whatsoever vehicle.
Bert consulted the odometer, or distance recording instrument, and announced that they had covered almost thirty-five miles!Bert Wilson at the Wheel
J. W. Duffield
Then the odometer got broken through being jammed in some uneven ice, and it took some hours to mend it by a process of lashing.Farthest North
- US and Canadian a device that records the number of miles that a bicycle or motor vehicle has travelledAlso called: mileometer
C18 hodometer, from Greek hodos way + -meter
Word Origin and History for odometer
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An instrument for indicating the distance traveled by a vehicle, typically by measuring the number of rotations of a wheel or fan whose rate of rotation depends on the speed of the vehicle. Compare speedometer.
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