from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In electricity, an integrating wattmeter (that is, a meter which registers the total electric power passing over the circuit.) based on the principle of the electric motor, either the commutator motor (Thomson recording wattmeter) or the induction-motor. See electric motor. All electric meters installed for recording the power consumed by a customer are now motor-meters.
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a time the machine sang along in second, bucking the raises with almost human persistence, finally, however, to gasp and break in the smooth monotony of the exhaust, to miss, to strain and struggle vainly, then to thunder on once more, as Houston pressed the gears into low and began to watch the motormeter with anxious eyes.