Pitot Tube Definition

pētō, pē-tō
noun
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.
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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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