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penetrometer

[ pen-i-trom-i-ter ]
/ ˌpɛn ɪˈtrɒm ɪ tər /
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noun
a device for measuring the penetrating power of x-ray or other radiations.
a device for measuring the penetrability of a solid.
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Origin of penetrometer

First recorded in 1900–05; penetr(ate) + -o- + -meter
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British Dictionary definitions for penetrometer

penetrometer
/ (ˌpɛnɪˈtrɒmɪtə) /

noun
physics an instrument used to measure the penetrating power of radiation, such as X-rays
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Scientific definitions for penetrometer

penetrometer
[ pĕn′ĭ-trŏmĭ-tər ]

A device for measuring the penetrating power of electromagnetic radiation, especially x-rays.
A device for measuring the denseness, compaction, or penetrability of a substance, such as soil, agricultural produce, or semisolid petroleum products. A penetrometer typically measures the resistance of the substance to penetration to a given depth by a weight-driven cone or needle of a given shape.
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