Definitions

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

  • noun An apparatus for measuring gases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In chem.:
  • noun An instrument or apparatus intended to measure, collect, preserve, or mix different gases.
  • noun An instrument for measuring the quantity of gas employed in any chemical experiment.
  • noun A reservoir or storehouse for gas, especially for the ordinary illuminating gas produced in gas-works, which supplies the various pipes employed in lighting streets and houses.

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

  • noun An apparatus for holding and measuring of gas; in gas works, a huge iron cylinder closed at one end and having the other end immersed in water, in which it is made to rise or fall, according to the volume of gas it contains, or the pressure required.

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

  • noun Any of various instruments used to measure the flow of gas through pipelines.
  • noun A gasholder.

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

  • noun a meter for measuring the amount of gas flowing through a particular pipe
  • noun a large gas-tight spherical or cylindrical tank for holding gas to be used as fuel

Etymologies

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

[French gazomètre : gaz, gas (from Dutch gas; see gas) + -mètre, -meter.]

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gas +‎ -meter

Examples

  • When thoroughly washed, it flows through the pipe, L, into the gasometer, which is of galvanized iron, and is very carefully balanced.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 514, November 7, 1885

  • And the millions who stay at home, how are they to be persuaded that the thrill provoked by a locomotive or a gasometer is the real thing?

    Art

  • Near the gasometer is the hydraulic machine for supplying with water the tank on the top of the house; all the other services on this line of pipe are screwed off, and thus the water is forced to the top of the building.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 443 Volume 17, New Series, June 26, 1852

  • The shopping mall levels in each gasometer are connected to the others by skybridges.

    Gasometers Reimagined as Apartment Community

  • Each gasometer was divided into several zones for living (apartments in the top), working (offices in the middle floors) and entertainment and shopping (shopping malls in the ground floors).

    Gasometers Reimagined as Apartment Community

  • RT @VariousArch @bryanboyer: What will be the 2000s gasometer?

    Ballardian » Twitter links, part 2

  • I do like a nice gasometer and yes, Fred, he's done it again hasn't he .... a very nice piece of deconstruction too from your good self, what with all that juxtaposing and echoing going on.

    Cricket & All That Gas

  • What with your artfully juxtaposed angles of pub roof and gasometer girders, and your stark relief foliage echoing the passing clouds in the background.

    Cricket & All That Gas

  • The unsightly cast-iron gasometer that gave its name to a hairpin bend is long gone, the train station whose ticket office overlooked another 180-degree corner has been replaced by a luxury hotel, and the famous Tabac is buried during race week under the latticed scaffolding of a temporary grandstand.

    Monaco grand prix: The race where heroes are made

  • Well, I probably wont be tuning in and doing another enraged dance about the remaining episodes….and yet, there is a strange fascination, bit like watching a slomo car crash dummy test, or the demolition of a gasometer or such like.

    Primeval: S3 Ep7 – Updated Pondering « INTERSTELLAR TACTICS

Comments

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  • A barbarism, avoided by those seeking to speak literate English.

    April 20, 2011

  • Lovely Flickr photos.

    April 20, 2011

  • What word, by the way, would you recommend using in its place? You know, for that stroke of finesse one needs when talking about large gas storage vessels.

    April 20, 2011

  • American Heritage recommends gasholder... which I am sorely tempted to read as gash-older.

    April 20, 2011

  • I grew up liking the bass drum -om- in the middle of this word. There was - still is, I suspect - a large gasometer on one side of the home ground of one of Melbourne's football teams. It was often referred to in game commentaries I listened to on my trannie: "Greig collects the footy and sprints along the wing in front of the gasometer..."

    I can't see what's illiterate about it. The derivation is not a butchery and there are obvious cognates in French gazomètre and Italian gasometro.

    April 20, 2011

  • Reading this page makes me doubt whether English is my first language.

    Gasometer? Trannie? Footy?

    April 20, 2011

  • Transistor radio. Football. Frogmukluks.

    April 20, 2011

  • Bilby,

    Whoever coined the term was either shameless or knew nothing of word formation. The classical connecting vowel -o- is quite out of place at the end of gas. 'Gas metre' should have been used instead of the present monstrosity.

    This is only one example of a number of illiterate formations ending in 'meter' - speedometer, floodometer, &c.

    April 20, 2011

  • I'm guessing duckobill is a monstrosity, too.

    April 20, 2011

  • I'd never heard this word until today. When I was young we had a propane tank for the stove, and I'm pretty sure any other vessel for holding gas was called a tank--there's the gas tank or fuel tank in your pickup, there's the fuel storage tank or gas storage tank over by the highway, and there might even be those tanks of "anhydrous" that didn't have to have chain-link fence around 'em before those stupid kids started stealing the anhydrous ammonia to cook up batches of meth.

    April 20, 2011