from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument used to determine the relative hardness of a material by measuring the pressure required to penetrate the material with a standard diamond stylus.
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- n. A device used to measure the hardness of a material by applying pressure to a moving diamond stylus
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for determining with accuracy the degree of hardness of a mineral.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for determining with precision the degree of hardness of a mineral.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a measuring instrument that measures the hardness of materials by penetrating them with a stylus that has a diamond point
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Concrete test hammers, known as sclerometer model "N", are not appropriate, as the impact energy is too high.
The range of measurements should be from 0 to 500 or 800 N, which corresponds to a sclerometer known as model "PT".
The surface hardness of a block can also be measured in a non-destructive way, using a pendulum sclerometer.