- an instrument for measuring rainfall.
Origin of rain gauge
First recorded in 1760–70
Also called pluviometer.
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Examples from the Web for rain gauge
Our rain-gauge was a pint cup under a tiny hole in the tent.The Cruise of the Snark
The rain-gauge was raised about eleven feet above the water-level.The Solomon Islands and Their Natives
H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
The rain-gauge should be in the hands of every gardener and farmer.A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments
As an inch glass is somewhat cumbersome, a half-inch glass is usually sent out with a rain-gauge.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
Some observers use in snowy weather a cylinder of the same diameter as the rain-gauge, and of considerable depth.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- an instrument for measuring rainfall or snowfall, consisting of a cylinder covered by a funnel-like lidAlso called: pluviometer
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