[ oh-dom-i-ter ]
/ oʊˈdɒm ɪ tər /


an instrument for measuring distance traveled, as by an automobile.

Origin of odometer

1785–95, Americanism; variant of hodometer < Greek hodó(s) way + -meter

Related forms

o·do·met·ri·cal [oh-duh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌoʊ dəˈmɛ trɪ kəl/, adjectiveo·dom·e·try, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for odometry


/ (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

odometry, noun

Word Origin for odometer

C18 hodometer, from Greek hodos way + -meter
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Science definitions for odometry


[ ō-dŏmĭ-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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