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rain gauge

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  1. an instrument for measuring rainfall.
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Origin of rain gauge

First recorded in 1760–70
Also called pluviometer.
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Related Words

Nilometer, hygrometry, pluviometer, udometer

Examples from the Web for rain gauge

Historical Examples

  • Our rain-gauge was a pint cup under a tiny hole in the tent.

    The Cruise of the Snark

    Jack London

  • 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.

  • As an inch glass is somewhat cumbersome, a half-inch glass is usually sent out with a rain-gauge.

  • Some observers use in snowy weather a cylinder of the same diameter as the rain-gauge, and of considerable depth.

British Dictionary definitions for rain gauge

rain gauge

  1. an instrument for measuring rainfall or snowfall, consisting of a cylinder covered by a funnel-like lidAlso called: pluviometer
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