American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An apparatus for measuring gases.
- n. See gasholder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chem.:
- n. An instrument or apparatus intended to measure, collect, preserve, or mix different gases.
- n. An instrument for measuring the quantity of gas employed in any chemical experiment.
- n. A reservoir or storehouse for gas, especially for the ordinary illuminating gas produced in gas-works, which supplies the various pipes employed in lighting streets and houses. The main part of the structure is a cylindrical gas-holder, formed of riveted sheet-iron plates braced internally, closed at the upper end, and resting at the open lower end in a masonry or brickwork water-tank of corresponding form, in which it rises or falls according to the amount of gas passing into or out of it. The holder (often more than 100 feet in diameter, and sometimes made in telescoping sections) is suspended from a heavy framework by chains passing over pulleys and terminating in partially counterbalancing weights, which aid in regulating the pressure. The name gas-holder is often used for the whole structure, as more appropriate than gasometer, since it is not in any sense a meter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An apparatus for holding and measuring of gas; in gas works, a huge iron cylinder closed at one end and having the other end immersed in water, in which it is made to rise or fall, according to the volume of gas it contains, or the pressure required.
- n. a meter for measuring the amount of gas flowing through a particular pipe
- n. a large gas-tight spherical or cylindrical tank for holding gas to be used as fuel
- gas + -meter (Wiktionary)
- French gazomètre : gaz, gas (from Dutch gas; see gas) + -mètre, -meter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When thoroughly washed, it flows through the pipe, L, into the gasometer, which is of galvanized iron, and is very carefully balanced.”
“And the millions who stay at home, how are they to be persuaded that the thrill provoked by a locomotive or a gasometer is the real thing?”
“Near the gasometer is the hydraulic machine for supplying with water the tank on the top of the house; all the other services on this line of pipe are screwed off, and thus the water is forced to the top of the building.”
“The shopping mall levels in each gasometer are connected to the others by skybridges.”
“Each gasometer was divided into several zones for living (apartments in the top), working (offices in the middle floors) and entertainment and shopping (shopping malls in the ground floors).”
“RT @VariousArch @bryanboyer: What will be the 2000s gasometer?”
“The unsightly cast-iron gasometer that gave its name to a hairpin bend is long gone, the train station whose ticket office overlooked another 180-degree corner has been replaced by a luxury hotel, and the famous Tabac is buried during race week under the latticed scaffolding of a temporary grandstand.”
“I do like a nice gasometer and yes, Fred, he's done it again hasn't he .... a very nice piece of deconstruction too from your good self, what with all that juxtaposing and echoing going on.”
“What with your artfully juxtaposed angles of pub roof and gasometer girders, and your stark relief foliage echoing the passing clouds in the background.”
“Well, I probably wont be tuning in and doing another enraged dance about the remaining episodes….and yet, there is a strange fascination, bit like watching a slomo car crash dummy test, or the demolition of a gasometer or such like.”
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