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Jul 8, 2010
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Words made with combining forms

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anemometer
A vintage anemometer
Illustration: from the book A Treatise on Meteorology by Elias Loomis; 1880.

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anemometer

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-uh-MOM-i-tuhr)

MEANING:
noun: An instrument for measuring the speed of wind.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek anemo- (wind) + -meter (measure).

USAGE:
"The highest three-second wind gust measured by the anemometer on the Mile High Swinging Bridge was 77 mph May 9."
Above-Average Temperatures, Dryness in May at Grandfather Mountain; Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina); Jun 4, 2010.

See more usage examples of anemometer in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Power is only important as an instrument for service to the powerless. -Lech Walesa, human rights activist, Polish president, Nobel laureate (b. 1943)

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