One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A scale with arbitrary markings, used with a hydrometer to measure the relative density of liquids.
- ‘The Baumé scale is used for liquids heavier than water such as syrups.’
- ‘Originally, this was expressed in degrees on the Baumé scale; now a decimal system is used.’
- ‘The Baumé scale is a measure of a solution's specific gravity, not its concentration.’
Named for Antoine Baumé (1728–1804), French chemist.
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