Pitot Tube Definition

pētō, pē-tō
A small, L-shaped tube which, when inserted vertically into a flowing fluid with its open end facing upstream, measures the total pressure of the fluid and hence, indirectly, the velocity of its flow.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World

Origin of Pitot Tube

  • Name for Italian-born French engineer Henri Pitot who invented the device in the early 1700s.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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