American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An exceptionally precise timepiece.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any instrument that measures time, or divides time into equal portions, or is used for that purpose, as a clock, watch, or dial.
- n. Specifically, a time-keeper of great accuracy designed to be used for determining the longitude at sea, or for any other purpose where a very exact measurement of time is required. The marine chronometer differs from the ordinary watch in the principle of its escapement, which is so constructed that the balance is free from the wheels during the greater part of its vibration, and also in being fitted with a compensation adjustment, calculated to prevent the expansion and contraction of the metal by the action of heat and cold from affecting its movements. The balance-spring of the chronometer is helicoidal, that of the watch spiral. The pocket-chronometer does not differ in appearance from a watch, except that it is somewhat larger.
- n. An instrument intended to set the pace and rhythm for a piece of music; a metronome.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument for measuring time; a timekeeper.
- n. A portable timekeeper, with a heavy compensation balance, and usually beating half seconds; -- intended to keep time with great accuracy for use an astronomical observations, in determining longitude, etc.
- n. (Mus.) A metronome.
- n. an accurate clock (especially used in navigation)
- From Ancient Greek χρόνος (chronos, "time") + μέτρον (metron, "measure") (Wiktionary)
“A chronometer is strapped to their wrist, but subjects reported their free-fall lasted longer than the chronometer recorded.”
“The evolutionary chronometer is a measure of ancient origins — it cannot pick up divergence into separate breeding lines that has occurred in the past few hundred years.”
“The chronometer, which is merely the least imperfect time-piece man has devised, makes possible the surest and easiest method by far of ascertaining longitude.”
“The ship's time is then made to correspond, -- that is to say, it must indicate twelve o'clock noon, -- after which it is compared with an exact timepiece called a chronometer, which keeps Greenwich (English) time, and the difference enables the observer to determine the longitude.”
“It is true, chronometers were coming into general use, in large vessels, and I could work the time; but a chronometer was a thing never heard of on board the James.”
“Excuse me, aunty, it was the barometer that he was watching -- the chronometer was his watch.”
“The great invention of the chronometer, that is, a watch that can be trusted to keep a steady rate for long periods, was at this time completed by Harrison; but very few had been manufactured, and astronomers and sailors were slow to believe in the efficacy of this method of carrying time about with a ship.”
“So, he outfitted everybody with a small electronic device, called a perceptual chronometer, which is basically”
“So, he outfitted everybody with a small electronic device, called a perceptual chronometer, which is basically a clunky wristwatch.”
“Only an elite few, such as chronometer connoisseurs and luxury timepiece afficionados, will covet the magic and the exceptional "savoir-faire" of the Tambour Mysterieuse.”
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