gasometer

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Etymology[edit]

From French gazomètre, corresponding to gas +‎ -ometer.

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gasometer (plural gasometers)

  1. (chemistry, now historical) An apparatus used to store or measure gas or the flow of gas, particularly in a laboratory setting. [from 18th c.]
    • 2012, Holger Ursin, Psychobiology of Stress: A Study of Coping Men (ISBN 0323158994), page 85:
      The collected air was metered through a gasometer, and the composition of every gas sample was analyzed in duplicate []
  2. A large tank or reservoir for storing gas; a gasholder. [from 19th c.]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace (New York Review Books 2006), page 93:
      The attack on the gasworks was probably the most risky, as none of the rebels had any idea of just what kind of blast an exploding gasometer might produce []

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  • gasometer” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).