[ ta-kim-i-ter, tuh- ]
/ tæˈkɪm ɪ tər, tə- /

noun Surveying.

any of several instruments for rapidly determining distances, directions, and differences of elevation.

Origin of tachymeter

First recorded in 1855–60; tachy- + -meter
Related formsta·chym·e·try, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tachymeter


/ (tæˈkɪmɪtə) /


another name for tacheometer
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Word Origin and History for tachymeter



1836, from tachy- "swift" + -meter.

M. GAETANO CAÏRO has invented an instrument, to which he has given the name of Tachymeter (rapid measurer). Its object is to give the area of plane surfaces bounded by any outline whatever, without the necessity of any arithmetical operation. ["Magazine of Popular Science and Journal of the Useful Arts," Volume 2, 1836]
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