from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for measuring the degree of torsion; specifically, one for measuring the amount of rotation of the eyeball on the visual axis; also, one for testing the twisting of a revolving shaft, as in a steam-driven vessel.
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Going inert in an asteroid belt is dangerous business, but it is only one of a meteor miner's hazards and it is necessary; for the torsiometer is the quickest and simplest means of determining the specific gravity of metal out in space, and no torsion instrument will work upon inertialess matter.
He did not underread his torsiometer, and he weighed the meteors upon certified balances.