American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An instrument used to measure specific gravity.
- n. An instrument used to measure variations in a gravitational field.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for determining the specific gravities of bodies, whether liquid or solid. See hydrometer.
- n. An instrument for measuring the force of gravity against some elastic force. There have been many attempts to construct such instruments, but none has been successful.
- n. Specifically, a copper vessel of one cubic foot capacity, with a heavy plate-glass cover, used in determining the density of large-grained gunpowder inclusive of the vacant spaces between its grains. See gravimetric density of gunpowder, under density.
- n. physics an instrument used to measure local variations in the gravitational field
- n. physics a hydrometer
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physics) An instrument for ascertaining the specific gravity of bodies.
- n. a measuring instrument for determining the specific gravity of a liquid or solid
- n. a measuring instrument for measuring variations in the gravitational field of the earth
- gravi- + -meter (Wiktionary)
- French gravimètre : Latin gravis, heavy; see gravity + French -mètre, -meter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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