Definition of HYDROMETER


HYDROMETER

An instrument for measuring the density of fluids; being
immersed in fluids, as in water, brine, beer, brandy, &c., it determines
the proportion of their densities, or their specific gravities, and thence
their qualities.


2. By, the Act of Congress of January 12, 1825, 3 Storys Laws U. S.
1976, the secretary of the treasury is authorized, under the direction of
the president of the United States, to adopt and substitute such hydrometer
as he may deem best calculated to promote the public interest, in lieu of
that now prescribed by law, for the purpose of ascertaining the proof of
liquors; and that after such adoption and substitution, the duties imposed
by law upon distilled spirits shall be levied, collected and paid,
according to the proof ascertained by any hydrometer so substituted and
adopted.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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