Definitions

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

  • n. An instrument used to measure acceleration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instrument for measuring acceleration
  • n. An instrument made for detecting and measuring vibrations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apparatus for measuring the velocity imparted by gunpowder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for measuring the force required to start a train and keep it going and the centrifugal force when the train rounds a curve.
  • n. An apparatus for showing by direct registry the law of the movement, in the function of time, of a piston subjected to the action of powder gases.

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

  • n. an instrument for measuring the acceleration of aircraft or rockets

Etymologies

acceler(ation) + -meter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
accelerate +‎ -meter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Q3: Do you think an accelerometer is necessary on a mobile phone?

    Touch panels: screen and soft keyboard sources of worry

  • All the best features of the N95 model camera are there; the 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss designed Optics, glass lens and DVD-quality video, now enhanced by a dual-LED flash and built in accelerometer, which automatically switches the image to widescreen depending on how the phone is held.

    5 Megapixel Camera. On Your N96 | Lifehacker Australia

  • Today, free software called ShakerRacer that lets you use a mobile phone with a built-in accelerometer to control toy cars.

    007's gadgets no longer just fiction

  • The unofficial iPhone version of Super Mario Bros. can now be controlled with the device's built-in accelerometer with the latest release (v. 2.3.0) of the popular Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, NES. app.

    NES emulator now work with iPhone accelerometer

  • While these games have been available for the iPod Classic and iPod nano, these new versions offer high-resolution graphics and three different ways to control the action: the virtual d-pad, touch-screen or by using the built-in accelerometer by tilting the device in a given direction.

    Games flood the AppStore on opening day

  • Programs can be controlled with different sequences of knocks, thanks to an ordinary laptop's built-in accelerometer and some cunning software

    King Solomon's Wings

  • If you flip it around so that click wheel is now at the top and facing you, Nano’s built-in accelerometer ensures that your video will still be captured right side up.

    New iPod Nano: Tiny package, big features

  • The accelerometer is able to pick up these waves and sense the balance of the body and the changes in the runner’s gait, such as the length of strides and the frequency of steps.

    Improving Athletic Performance | Impact Lab

  • There was a wooden swing with a built in accelerometer.

    Object-Oriented Objects at N.Y.U. - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • While the program is now available only on the iPhone, Mr. DeVaul says he is looking at creating a similar program for Google Inc. 's Android platform and Research In Motion Ltd. 's BlackBerry Storm, since both the G1 and Storm feature an accelerometer, which is necessary to record steps.

    On the Road

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  • New-fangled pedometers have accelerometers inside them. They demonstrate more accurate step-counting than the older-style ones that use a pendulum.

    /trivia

    October 29, 2009