- (often lowercase) an instrument for measuring fluid velocity, consisting of a narrow tube, one end of which is open and faces upstream, the other end being connected to a manometer.
Origin of Pitot tube
1880–85; named after Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist, who invented it
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- a small tube placed in a fluid with its open end upstream and the other end connected to a manometer. It measures the total pressure of the fluid
- short for Pitot-static tube, esp one fitted to an aircraft
Word Origin for Pitot tube
C18: named after its inventor, Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist