1. an instrument worn by a walker or runner for recording the number of steps taken, thereby showing approximately the distance traveled.

Origin of pedometer

1723; < French pédomètre, equivalent to péd- (learned use of Latin ped- foot (stem of pēs); see pedi-) + -omètre (see -o-, -meter)
Related formsped·o·met·ri·cal [ped-uh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌpɛd əˈmɛ trɪ kəl/, adjectiveped·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbpe·dom·e·trist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pedometer

Contemporary Examples of pedometer

  • To help increase overall movement throughout the day, most fitness trackers measure total steps taken (similar to a pedometer).

Historical Examples of pedometer

British Dictionary definitions for pedometer


  1. a device containing a pivoted weight that records the number of steps taken in walking and hence the distance travelled
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Word Origin and History for pedometer

instrument for measuring distances covered by a walker, 1723, from French pédomètre (1712), a hybrid coined from Latin pedis (genitive of pes "foot;" see foot (n.)) + Greek metron (see -meter). At first Englished as waywiser.

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