Definition of barometer in English:

barometer

noun

  • 1An instrument measuring atmospheric pressure, used especially in forecasting the weather and determining altitude.

    • ‘In Frémont's time the connection between weather events and changes in local air pressure were not well understood; barometers were rare and used primarily to measure elevation.’
    • ‘Before departing, the master of the Koombana had noted the low barometer, and had said he expected a slow trip to Broome.’
    • ‘Their weather station houses barometers, thermometers, a wind vane, and a rain gauge.’
    • ‘Fortunately, more ships than today sailed along the USA's coasts in the 19th century and their captains generally had barometers and an eye for weather.’
    • ‘The most frequent weather-tech questions I receive involve the use of altimeters, barometers, and/or track elevation.’
    • ‘In Kendal, Dalton started to keep a metrological journal, he made his own thermometers, barometers and other instruments.’
    • ‘The barometer is dropping, so we may be in a blizzard by midday.’
    • ‘There you should be able to find thermometers, rain gauges, wind vanes and possibly barometers and humidity gauges.’
    • ‘Among the chosen are barometers which can monitor and forecast weather conditions using graphic icons.’
    • ‘As the barometer had indicated, the storm swiftly arrived, but not from the expected direction.’
    • ‘Various instruments like thermometers and barometers are used to measure this.’
    • ‘There is nothing on George's interest in scientific instruments, beyond clocks and barometers, and only one small case on the Queen's patronage of botany and ‘women's’ crafts.’
    • ‘In Italy, Torricelli did research which led to developing the barometer and the measure of air pressure.’
    • ‘Falling barometers are regularly followed by storms, but do not cause them.’
    • ‘The DNS Pro models also have a barometer, altimeter and weather-forecasting capability.’
    • ‘They had sextants, early microscopes, clocks, thermometers, and barometers.’
    • ‘We have text on how a barometer measures air pressure that you might be interested in.’
    • ‘The barometer was not developed to measure atmospheric pressure as it is used for today.’
    • ‘Nor does it count as an explanation of today's rainstorm to claim that it rained because a barometer reading decreased yesterday.’
    • ‘The atmospheric pressure on each experimental day was recorded using a barometer.’
    measure, indicator, barometer, basis, standard, point of reference, guide, guideline, touchstone, yardstick, benchmark, criterion, example, model, pattern, formula, exemplar, sample, test, litmus test
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    1. 1.1 Something which reflects changes in circumstances or opinions:
      ‘furniture is a barometer of changing tastes’
      • ‘By studying their calcium carbonate shells, it is possible to determine temperature, salinity and other barometers of the time, she said.’
      • ‘The law and order scenario in a society can, generally, be used as a barometer of good governance and social health.’
      • ‘The restaurant trade might well be a barometer of how the local business community is faring.’
      • ‘Although the amount of time spent on homework is easily measured, using time as the only barometer for success can be deceptive.’
      • ‘She says she began to understand that the voice coming out of her is a barometer of her self-image.’
      • ‘The odds are a barometer by which to measure your expertise and challenge your sanity.’
      • ‘Florida in fact provides a useful barometer for gauging the American political mood.’
      • ‘His mood is a barometer of international politics; his spirits rise and fall with the tenor of each news day.’
      • ‘This is a great barometer for Cork to measure their progress this year.’
      • ‘The next week or so will be a barometer of just how far Houllier has travelled in his mission to return Liverpool to greatness.’
      • ‘In many ways insurance companies are as good a barometer as any that climate is becoming ever more treacherous.’
      • ‘Drinking, and particularly the ability to hold a drink, is traditionally a barometer of masculinity.’
      • ‘It's also a useful barometer for you and us to use in measuring our standards.’
      • ‘Weekend box office numbers have become the barometer by which a film's success is determined.’
      • ‘The way the new leader organizes the inaugural Cabinet will act as a barometer indicating the direction of the new government.’
      • ‘This will be the ideal barometer to gauge our strength.’
      • ‘Measures that served as barometers of how voters view gay rights and gay relationships were on the ballots in four states, and the results were a decidedly mixed bag.’
      • ‘Black argues that worms should be used, along with predators such as the northern spotted owl, as barometers of forest health.’
      • ‘Leading Internet words may very well be the new electric symbols, barometers (or perhaps lightning rods) for the stormy forces of this new electronic democracy.’
      • ‘Their treatment has become a barometer by which we can measure the essential justice of the war on terrorism.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek baros weight + -meter.

Pronunciation

barometer

/bəˈrɒmɪtə/