rain gauge
noun Date: 1769 an instrument for measuring the quantity of precipitation

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  • Rain gauge — Gauge Gauge, n. [Written also gage.] 1. A measure; a standard of measure; an instrument to determine dimensions, distance, or capacity; a standard. [1913 Webster] This plate must be a gauge to file your worm and groove to equal breadth by. Moxon …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rain gauge — Rain Rain (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rain gauge — n an instrument that is used for measuring the amount of rain that falls somewhere …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rain gauge — rain ,gauge noun count a piece of equipment used for measuring the amount of rain that falls …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rain gauge — rain′ gauge n. mer an instrument for measuring rainfall • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • rain gauge — n. an instrument for measuring rainfall …   English World dictionary

  • Rain gauge — A rain gauge (also known as a udometer or a pluviometer [fluviograph] or a cup) is a type of instrument used by meteorologists and hydrologists to gather and measure the amount of liquid precipitation (as opposed to solid precipitation that is… …   Wikipedia

  • rain gauge — noun gauge consisting of an instrument to measure the quantity of precipitation • Syn: ↑rain gage, ↑pluviometer, ↑udometer • Hypernyms: ↑gauge, ↑gage * * * an instrument for measuring rainfall. Also called pluviometer. [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rain gauge — lietmatis statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Prietaisas atmosferos kritulių ar lietaus vandens kiekiui matuoti, sudarytas iš ritininio kibiro, statomo ant pakylos į kūgiško gaubto vidų, ir specialaus sugraduoto indo surinktiems …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • rain gauge — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rain gauge : singular rain gauge plural rain gauges a piece of equipment used for measuring the amount of rain that falls …   English dictionary

  • rain gauge — A device to measure the quantity of rain that has fallen at a given location. It consists of a receiver in which an inner tube is located. The falling rain is fed into the inner tube through the receiver and the total quantity measured by a… …   Aviation dictionary

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