from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a device used to measure the rise of water in the Nile at the flood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for measuring the rise of water in the Nile during its periodical flood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gage or measure of depth or height of the flow of the river Nile.
  • n. Hence, any instrument for making a continuous and automatic register of riverheights.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • It has been taken for a kind of nilometer, for a sculptor's or modeller's stand, or a painter's easel for an altar with four superimposed tables, or a sort of pedestal bearing four door-lintels, for a series of four columns placed one behind another, of which the capitals only are visible, one above the other, etc.

    History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

  • Or we can spend precious hours trying to find and steal a boat and cross a flooding river to the nilometer.

    Shadow Chase

  • At this time of year, the nilometer should have been mostly dry, the waters of the Nile receding by October.

    Shadow Chase

  • With the Nile rising all around them, she was willing to bet that the water filling the cavern beneath the nilometer would be cold and fast-moving.

    Shadow Chase

  • He made no motion to return to the nilometer entrance.

    Shadow Chase

  • “The nilometer on Elephantine Island,” Kira murmured.

    Shadow Chase

  • They crossed the broad Nile exactly at the spot where the nilometer, or river guage, measures from day to day, and from year to year, the increasing or decreasing treasures of the stream, and landed at a village where thousands of eggs are made into chickens by the process of artificial incubation.

    Tales of all countries

  • The nilometer built by the Calif Maouya is still extant.

    Travels in Nubia

  • This island had once boasted not only a nilometer, which measured the rise and fall of flood waters, but also a well that had been used by Erastosthenes in 1230 B.C. to calculate the diameter of the Earth.

    From This Beloved Hour

  • There is a long flight of steps there (a nilometer?), on which Rā resteth when he determineth to prolong life to mankind.

    The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.