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1A machine, similar to an odometer, for measuring distances by means of a large wheel pushed along the ground by a long handle, with a mechanism for recording the revolutions.
2British A baby carriage; pram.
- ‘If at all possible have your scatterbrained inventor associate construct some sort of battery-operated amphibious perambulator.’
- ‘In the clanky black perambulator was her latest babe.’
- ‘Indeed, hard pressed parents who stop for a chat as they push little Johnny or Joanie about in their perambulators should keep their eyes peeled… just in case.’
- ‘On traffic the laws say that no person shall bring into the parks any bicycle, skateboard, roller-skates, roller blades, or other vehicle, except an invalid chair, carriage or perambulator.’
- ‘She may look as though life has dealt her a pretty poor hand, but behold, there's a baby in that perambulator, so obviously the lucky mother now comprehends all that was previously ineffable.’
Early 17th century: see perambulate.
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