Definition of pitot tube in English:

pitot tube

Line breaks: pitot tube
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtəʊ
(also pitot)


  • 1An open-ended right-angled tube pointing in opposition to the flow of a fluid and used to measure pressure.
  • 1.1 (also pitot-static tube, pitot head) A device consisting of a pitot tube inside or adjacent to a parallel tube closed at the end but with holes along its length, the pressure difference between them being a measure of the relative velocity of the fluid, or the airspeed of an aircraft.
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    • The recovered wings all show twin pneumatic lines as well as electric lines for the heater element going out to the pitot tube.
    • Ken, a former flight instructor in B - 24s, who had volunteered for combat duty, made doubly certain the pitot covers had been removed from the pitot heads.
    • As he climbed back into his seat, the copilot's airspeed indicator began to rapidly decrease (its pitot tube had frozen).


late 19th century: named after Henri Pitot (1695–1771), French physicist.

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