One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument for measuring and indicating temperature, typically one consisting of a narrow, hermetically sealed glass tube marked with graduations and having at one end a bulb containing mercury or alcohol that expands and contracts in the tube with heating and cooling.
- ‘Joule also invented extremely precise thermometers, which could measure temperature changes to within fractions of a degree Fahrenheit.’
- ‘Ideally you should use a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature as you cook.’
- ‘She checked the temperature on the thermometer and wrote something down on the clip board.’
- ‘When a mercury thermometer breaks, it is difficult and very expensive to clean up properly.’
- ‘Show your child how to use a simple thermometer to take the temperature of the water.’
- ‘Narrow-range mercury thermometers were used to measure sand surface temperature.’
- ‘All you need is a mercury thermometer, which you keep by your bed.’
- ‘But, I do not know how high the thermometers and other sensors should be placed off the ground.’
- ‘Digital thermometers and alcohol-filled glass models are just as accurate as mercury ones, and many hospitals are already making the switch.’
- ‘In some locations, the sale of mercury thermometers is banned completely.’
- ‘Glass thermometers are suitable for measuring temperature at the Earth's surface but would be impractical at higher levels.’
- ‘Air temperature was recorded every hour using a mercury thermometer.’
- ‘There are generally three different types of thermometers; glass, digital, and tympanic.’
- ‘It can take anywhere from four to eight hours to smoke meat or poultry, so it's imperative to use thermometers to monitor temperatures.’
- ‘While walking, each participant also had a rectal thermometer in place to measure core temperature.’
- ‘After checking the time, he took out the thermometer and studied the temperature.’
- ‘Some states have banned the use of mercury thermometers as a first step toward phasing out the use of this toxic metal altogether.’
- ‘Take the person's temperature with a thermometer that has been shaken to its lowest point.’
- ‘Another option is a digital aural thermometer that measures the temperature in the ear.’
- ‘Formerly a medicine-cabinet staple, these mercury thermometers have lately been ruled a public health hazard.’
Mid 17th century: from French thermomètre or modern Latin thermometrum, from thermo- ‘of heat’ + -metrum ‘measure’.
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