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

  • noun An instrument, such as a hydrometer, used to determine the amount of alcohol in a liquid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An instrument for determining, by means of a graduated scale, the percentage, either by weight or by volume, of pure alcohol in a liquid. Sometimes contracted to alcohometer and alcoömeter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) An instrument for determining the strength of spirits, with a scale graduated so as to indicate the percentage of pure alcohol, either by weight or volume. It is usually a form of hydrometer with a special scale.

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

  • noun A specialized form of hydrometer used to measure the amount of alcohol in a liquid (such as beer).


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  • Instrument for measuring proportion of alcohol in solutions. (from Phrontistery)

    May 23, 2008