Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An instrument used to measure specific gravity.
  • n. An instrument used to measure variations in a gravitational field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an instrument used to measure local variations in the gravitational field
  • n. a hydrometer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for ascertaining the specific gravity of bodies.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

French gravimètre : Latin gravis, heavy; see gravity + French -mètre, -meter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
gravi- + -meter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was called a gravimeter, and it sat in a huge glass-and-wood cabinet like the ones you see at the Smithsonian or the British Museum.

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  • The experiment does not yet yield a gravity measurement of great accuracy, but the researchers believe the technique could lead to a workable "gravimeter" small enough to use in navigation systems that depend on acceleration measurements.

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  • Using a sensitive gravimeter (as in reading microgals for use in geophysical exploration) one can take readings at several different heights above the floor.

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  • An experiment probing for anomalous vertical gravity on Earth, which has already been performed by us, uses the highest-resolution atomic gravimeter so far.

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  • Ray and his team were not just taking pictures they were using all kinds of instruments including a magnetometer, gravimeter, microdensitometer, spectrometer etc.

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  • If heavy element deposits are hidden underneath, the gravimeter will react promptly by showing strong fluctuations in the local gravity field. "

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  • "The proposed gravimeter setup is largely inspired by these amazing advances, and it uses the simplest possible configuration of replicas of a uniform synthetic field, which can be created easily in

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