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)



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