Definitions

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

  • n. A device, essentially a tube set parallel to the direction of fluid-stream movement and attached to a manometer, used to measure the total pressure of the fluid stream.

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  • n. measuring instrument consisting of a right-angled tube with an open end that is directed in opposition to the flow of a fluid and used to measure the velocity of fluid flow
  • n. measuring instrument consisting of a combined Pitot tube and static tube that measures total and static pressure; used in aircraft to measure airspeed

Etymologies

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

After Henri Pitot (1695-1771), French physicist.

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