One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Mechanics. An instrument for measuring the torque of a machine by balancing it against the force exerted by an electromagnet carrying a known current. rare.
2Any of various instruments for finding the range or distance of an object.
3An instrument for measuring static electric charge.
4Medicine. An apparatus used to measure swaying of the body in the testing of balance and postural stability.
Late 19th century. From stato- + -meter.
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