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

  • n. A hydrometer used to determine the percentage of alcohol in a wine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device used to estimate the alcohol content of wine via its surface tension (in the absence of sugar)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for determining the strength or purity of wine by measuring its density.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contrivance for measuring the alcoholic strength of wine.

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