from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An instrument used to measure acceleration.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an instrument for measuring the acceleration of aircraft or rockets


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

acceler(ation) + -meter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

accelerate +‎ -meter


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