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 Dictionary entry overview: What does thermometer mean? 

  The noun THERMOMETER has 1 sense:

1. measuring instrument for measuring temperature

  Familiarity information: THERMOMETER used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Measuring instrument for measuring temperature

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("thermometer" is a kind of...):

measuring device; measuring instrument; measuring system (instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something)

Meronyms (parts of "thermometer"):

capillary; capillary tube; capillary tubing (a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "thermometer"):

alcohol thermometer; alcohol-in-glass thermometer (thermometer consisting of a glass capillary tube marked with degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit and containing alcohol which rises or falls as it expands or contracts with changes in temperature)

Reaumur thermometer (an alcohol thermometer calibrated in degrees Reaumur)

platinum thermometer; resistance thermometer (thermometer that measures temperature by changes in the resistance of a spiral of platinum wire)

reversing thermometer (a thermometer that registers the temperature in deep waters)

self-registering thermometer (a thermometer that records the temperature automatically)

telethermometer (a thermometer that registers the temperature at some distant point)

thermocouple; thermocouple junction (a kind of thermometer consisting of two wires of different metals that are joined at both ends; one junction is at the temperature to be measured and the other is held at a fixed lower temperature; the current generated in the circuit is proportional to the temperature difference)

electric thermometer; thermel; thermoelectric thermometer (a thermometer that uses thermoelectric current to measure temperature)

thermograph; thermometrograph (a thermometer that records temperature variations on a graph as a function of time)

thermopile (a kind of thermometer for measuring heat radiation; consists of several thermocouple junctions in series)

pyrometer (a thermometer designed to measure high temperatures)

oven thermometer (a thermometer that registers the temperature inside an oven)

candy thermometer (a thermometer used to determine the temperature of candy syrups during cooking)

Centigrade thermometer (a thermometer calibrated in degrees centigrade)

cryometer (a thermometer designed to measure low temperatures)

dry-bulb thermometer (an ordinary thermometer with a dry bulb; used to measure the air temperature)

Fahrenheit thermometer (a thermometer calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit)

air thermometer; gas thermometer (thermometer that measures temperature by changes in the pressure of a gas kept at constant volume)

maximum and minimum thermometer (thermometer that records the highest and lowest temperatures reached during a period of time)

meat thermometer (a thermometer that is inserted into the center of a roast (with the top away from the heat source); used to measure how well done the meat is)

mercury thermometer; mercury-in-glass thermometer (thermometer consisting of mercury contained in a bulb at the bottom of a graduated sealed glass capillary tube marked in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit; mercury expands with a rise in temperature causing a thin thread of mercury to rise in the tube)

wet-bulb thermometer (a thermometer with a bulb that is covered with moist muslin; used in a psychrometer to measure humidity)

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