tachometer / speedometer

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Johanne, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Johanne

    Johanne Senior Member


    Le contexte:
    The Spark borrows its approach to the gauge cluster from the Sonic, only the big analog tachometer is a speedometer in the smaller car.

    Mon interrogation:
    Je ne suis pas sûre de la façon dont je dois comprendre la phrase. Le tachymètre remplace l'indicateur de vitesse? Il sert d'indicateur de vitesse?

  2. Jeanne75 Senior Member

    French - France

    Les deux voitures ont la même etc ..., mais le (big analog) tachymètre (dans la grosse voiture) est (remplacé par) un simple indicateur de vitesse dans la petite voiture.

  3. misterk Moderator

    I believe that a tachometer measures RPM (revolutions per minute), whereas a speedometer measures the more standard miles/hour or km/hour.
  4. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    I agree with misterk. The first displays engine speed. It's a strange sentence, because I suppose the bigger car must have both - it'd be awfully hard to obey speed limits without a speedometer.
  5. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)

    speedometer - compteur de vitesse
    tachometer - tachymètre, compteur de tours

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