tensiometer

[ ten-see-om-i-ter ]
/ ˌtɛn siˈɒm ɪ tər /

noun

an instrument for measuring longitudinal stress in wires, structural beams, etc.
an instrument for measuring the surface tension of a liquid.

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Origin of tensiometer

First recorded in1910–15; tensio(n) + -meter
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British Dictionary definitions for tensiometer

tensiometer
/ (ˌtɛnsɪˈɒmɪtə) /

noun

an instrument for measuring the tensile strength of a wire, beam, etc
a device that measures differences in vapour pressures. It is used to determine transition points by observing changes of vapour pressure with temperature
an instrument for measuring the surface tension of a liquid, usually consisting of a sensitive balance for measuring the force needed to pull a wire ring from the surface of the liquid
an instrument for measuring the moisture content of soil
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