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hodometer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hodometer a meter that shows mileage traversed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n hodometer A device for measuring the length of a path, consisting of a wheel of known circumference attached to a rod held in the hand, and pushed along a surface, which is usually the ground or a floor. The number of times the wheel makes a complete circle multiplied by the circumference is a measure of the length of the path traversed. It may be used to measure distances on curved as well as straight paths. A variant which registers the miles and rods traversed is sometimes used by surveyors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hodometer An instrument for measuring the distance traveled by a wheeled vehicle. It is a clockwork arrangement which, attached to a spoke of a wheel, records the number of revolutions of the wheel. The number of revolutions multiplied by the circumference of the wheel gives the distance traversed. Also odometer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hodometer ho-dom′e-tėr an instrument attached to the axle of a vehicle to register the revolutions of the wheels.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. "odo`metron "odo`metros, an instrument for measuring distance; "odo`s way, path, road + me`tron measure: cf. F. odométre, hodométre,. See also odometer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hodos, a way, metron, a measure.