from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several instruments used to measure mechanical power.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various devices used to measure mechanical power, especially those that measure the torque of a rotating shaft
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparatus for measuring force or power; especially, muscular effort of men or animals, or the power developed by a motor, or that required to operate machinery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus for measuring the amount of force expended by men, animals, or motors in moving a load, operating machines, towing vessels, etc.; a power-measurer.
- n. An instrument for determining the magnifying power of a telescope by measuring the diameter of the little image of the object-glass which is formed just outside of the eyepiece: usually, and better, called dynameter, to distinguish it from the instrument for measuring stress.
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- n. measuring instrument designed to measure power
French dynamomètre : Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic + -mètre, -meter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)