[ vair-ee-om-i-ter ]
/ ˌvɛər iˈɒm ɪ tər /


Electricity. an instrument for measuring inductance, consisting essentially of an inductor with two or more coils whose relative position may be changed to vary the inductance.
an instrument for indicating a change in a component of a magnetic field vector, especially one related to the earth's magnetic field.
Aeronautics. an instrument that indicates the rate of climb or descent.

Origin of variometer

1895–1900; vari- (see various) + -o- + -meter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for variometer

/ (ˌvɛərɪˈɒmɪtə) /


an instrument for measuring variations in a magnetic field, used esp for studying the magnetic field of the earth
electronics a variable inductor consisting of a movable coil mounted inside and connected in series with a fixed coil
a sensitive rate-of-climb indicator, used mainly in gliders
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