from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pump without pistons that operates by means of pulsed condensation of steam. Also called vacuum pump.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vacuum pump or hydrotrope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A device, with valves, for raising water by steam, partly by atmospheric pressure, and partly by the direct action of the steam on the water, without the intervention of a piston; -- also called vacuum pump.
- n. A pulsimeter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as pulsimeter.
- n. In mech., a kind of steam-condensing pump acting on the principle of a vacuum-pump.
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The Savery principle still survives in the action of the well-known pulsometer steam pump.
The bottom of the tank is fully 3 meters below the level of the Danube Canal, which passes close by, and it was not until twelve large pulsometer pumps were set up, and worked continually night and day, that it was possible to reach the necessary depth to allow of the commencement of the foundations of the boundary wall.
With the pulsometer pumps working night and day they couldn't keep the water out of the test pier he had sunk.
The compressor plant was hard at work forcing the water back in the caissons, the pulsometer pumps were sucking up streams of water that flowed without ceasing into the settling tank and off into the city sewers, the men in the caissons were sending up buckets full of silt-like gruel.
You know what I mean; they put a pulsometer on a man's wrist and judge by how his heart goes at the pronunciation of certain words.
The owner of the department store next door refused to permit access through his basement, and that added many hundred dollars to the cost of building the party wall; the fire and telephone companies were continually fussing around and demanding indemnity because their poles and hydrants got knocked out of plumb; the thousands of gallons of dirty water pumped from the job into the city sewers clogged them up, and the city sued for several thousand dollars 'damages; one day the car-tracks in front of the lot settled and valuable time was lost while the men shored them up; now and then the pulsometer engines broke down; the sand-hogs all got drunk and lost much time; an untimely frost spoiled a thousand dollars' worth of concrete one night.
You know what I mean; they put a pulsometer on a man’s wrist and judge by how his heart goes at the pronunciation of certain words.
a steam pulsometer, and a face that looked as if it might have been used for the butting post at the end of the world.