One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A nonportable instrument for measuring the alcohol content of a person's breath, especially in cases of suspected drunk driving, usually sited at a police station.
- ‘He was arrested and at Cheltenham Police station he gave a breath alcohol sample on the intoximeter which produced a reading of 87 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath.’
- ‘The judge's concern related to the absence of an independent means of verification of the intoximeter.’
- ‘There was no independent analysis of a breath sample taken by an intoximeter, and as such the read-out was ‘irrebuttable’.’
- ‘In 2001 the seven applied for an inspection of the intoximeter at Dún Laoghaire Garda Station but the District Court had refused to adjourn their cases for an inspection.’
- ‘He smelled of alcohol and registered .12 percent on a BAC intoximeter.’
- ‘The new intoximeters will undergo weekly accuracy checks to be certain they are calibrated at all times.’
1950s: from intoxication (see intoxicate) + -meter.
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