[ spee-dom-i-ter, spi- ]
/ spiˈdɒm ɪ tər, spɪ- /


an instrument on an automobile or other vehicle for indicating the rate of travel in miles or kilometers per hour.

Origin of speedometer

First recorded in 1900–05; speed + -o- + -meter
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British Dictionary definitions for speedometer

/ (spɪˈdɒmɪtə) /


a device fitted to a vehicle to measure and display the speed of travelSee also mileometer
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Scientific definitions for speedometer

[ spĭ-dŏmĭ-tər ]

An instrument for indicating the speed of a vehicle, typically by measuring the rate of rotation of a wheel or fan whose rate of rotation depends on the speed of the vehicle. Compare odometer.
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