[ oh-dom-i-ter ]
/ oʊˈdɒm ɪ tər /
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an instrument for measuring distance traveled, as by an automobile.
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Origin of odometer
1785–95, Americanism; variant of hodometer<Greek hodó(s) way + -meter
OTHER WORDS FROM odometero·do·met·ri·cal [oh-duh-me-tri-kuhl], /ˌoʊ dəˈmɛ trɪ kəl/, adjectiveo·dom·e·try, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for odometer
/ (ɒˈdɒmɪtə, əʊ-) /
US and Canadian a device that records the number of miles that a bicycle or motor vehicle has travelledAlso called: mileometer
Derived forms of odometerodometry, noun
Word Origin for odometer
C18 hodometer, from Greek hodos way + -meter
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Scientific definitions for odometer
[ ō-dŏm′ĭ-tər ]
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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