from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See rain gauge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A scientific instrument for measuring the amount of rainfall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for ascertaining the amount of rainfall at any place in a given time; a rain gauge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for collecting and measuring the quantity of water that falls in rain, snow, etc., at a particular place; a rain-gage. See cut in next column.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. gauge consisting of an instrument to measure the quantity of precipitation
Probably from French pluviomètre : Latin pluvia, rain; see pluvious + -mètre, -meter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)