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Pi·tot tube(pē′tō, 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.
[After Henri Pitot (1695-1771), French physicist.]
1. (Aeronautics) a small tube placed in a fluid with its open end upstream and the other end connected to a manometer. It measures the total pressure of the fluid
2. (General Physics) short for Pitot-static tube, esp one fitted to an aircraft
[C18: named after its inventor, Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist]
(often l.c.) an instrument for measuring fluid velocity, consisting of a narrow tube, one end of which is open and faces upstream, the other end being connected to a manometer.
[1880–85; after Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist, who invented it]
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|Noun||1.||Pitot tube - measuring instrument consisting of a right-angled tube with an open end that is directed in opposition to the flow of a fluid and used to measure the velocity of fluid flow|
|2.||Pitot tube - measuring instrument consisting of a combined Pitot tube and static tube that measures total and static pressure; used in aircraft to measure airspeed|