from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A device used to measure the specific gravity, and therefore the richness, of milk.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An instrument for gaging the purity or richness of samples of milk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An instrument for estimating the purity or richness of milk, as a measuring glass, a specific gravity bulb, or other apparatus.
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- noun A device that
estimatesthe creamcontent of milkby measuring its specific gravity
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The lactometer is a little instrument used to estimate the specific gravity of milk.
Place lactometer in milk and note depth to which it sinks as indicated on stem.
The _lactometer_ is used for _measuring_ the purity and richness of
He vowed and declared that the lactometer "no talkee true," and that no water whatever had been added to the milk, adding, that if I did not believe him he would bring a cow to the kitchen door and I could see it milked myself.
A lactometer -- or instrument for testing the comparative richness of different species of milk -- is very convenient for this purpose; but any one can set the milk of each cow separately at first, and give it a thorough trial, when the difference will be found to be great.
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The specific gravity of milk is determined by means of the lactometer, an instrument which sinks to a definite point in pure milk.
With a view to exposing fraud I purchased a lactometer and found the usual proportions of milk and water to be half and half.
For each 10° above 60° F. add 1 to the lactometer number, in order to make the necessary correction for temperature.
Feeling sure that the lactometer must be at fault, I consulted my friend the doctor, who examined and found it quite correct.
The piece of apparatus used for the purpose is endowed with a variety of names -- sp.g. spindle, hydrometer, areometer, salimeter, alcoholimeter, lactometer, and so on, according to the special liquid upon which it is intended to be used.