from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • noun An instrument for determining the degree of tactile sensibility.


  • But the great difference between the two materials lies in this: The esthesiometer carries within itself the possibility of measuring; my objects on the contrary, often do not permit a measure, but are adapted to cause the child to exercise the senses.

    The Montessori Method

  • It now relies on purely psychological tests for its researches, and although it does not exclude the methods adopted in the laboratory, and the use of such accurate and trustworthy instruments as the esthesiometer and the ergograph, the school itself has become the chief field of experiment.

    Spontaneous Activity in Education


The word 'esthesiometer' comes from Greek roots meaning 'sensation' and 'measure'.