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Baumé scale Syllabification: Bau·mé scale
Pronunciation: /bōˈmā/ /ˈbōmā/

Definition of Baumé scale in English:


A scale with arbitrary markings, used with a hydrometer to measure the relative density of liquids.
Example sentences
  • Originally, this was expressed in degrees on the Baumé scale; now a decimal system is used.
  • The Baumé scale is a measure of a solution's specific gravity, not its concentration.
  • The Baumé scale is used for liquids heavier than water such as syrups.


Named for Antoine Baumé (1728–1804), French chemist.

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