a device for ascertaining the depth of water.
historical examples

but the most ingenious of all contrivances for finding the depth of the sea is siemen’s bathometer, a very recent invention.
chambers’s journal of popular literature, science, and art, no. 702 various

bathometer, bath-om′et-ėr, n. an instrument for ascertaining depth.
chambers’s twentieth century dictionary (part 1 of 4: a-d) various

an instrument for measuring the depth of water
an instrument that is used to measure water depth without the use of a sounding line. the bathometer does not require a line to extend to the bottom because it measures the difference in the gravitational effect of the water surface and of solid ground.

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