Pitot-tube meaning

pētō, pē-tō
A device, essentially a tube set parallel to the direction of fluid-stream movement and attached to a manometer, used to measure the total pressure of the fluid stream.
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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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(aviation) A pressure measuring instrument used to measure fluid flow velocity, especially used to determine the airspeed of an aircraft.
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Origin of pitot-tube

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary