- any of various instruments for measuring or indicating velocity or speed, as of a machine, a river, or the blood.
- an instrument measuring revolutions per minute, as of an engine.
Origin of tachometer
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- any device for measuring speed, esp the rate of revolution of a shaft. Tachometers (rev counters) are often fitted to cars to indicate the number of revolutions per minute of the engine
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1810, from Greek tachos "speed" + -meter.
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- An instrument used to measure the rotations per minute of a rotating shaft.
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