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clinometer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clinometer an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clinometer (Geol) An instrument for determining the dip of beds or strata, pr the slope of an embankment or cutting; a kind of plumb level.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clinometer An instrument used to determine the dip of rock-strata. A simple form consists of a small pendulum moving on a graduated arc; it is inclosed in a square case with straight sides, one of which is to be placed parallel to the dip of the inclined strata; a compass-needle is ordinarily added.
    • n clinometer A carpenters' tool for comparing slopes and levels.
    • n clinometer Also klinometer.
    • n clinometer In ophthalmology, same as clinoscope.
    • n clinometer An instrument used to determine the heel or pitch of a vessel. When placed athwart-ships it shows the former; when placed fore-and-aft, the latter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clinometer klī-nom′e-tėr an instrument for measuring the angle of inclination or dip of a stratum
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kli`nein to incline + -meter,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. klinein, to incline, metron, a measure.

Usage

In literature:

Slope board (if clinometer is not available).
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
This angle can be observed with a simple clinometer.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
I met Captain Stace, R.E., to whom I lent a clinometer while he worked at this invaluable construction.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley
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In news:

Huntington environmental consultant Daniel Karpen tells Newsday he arrived at the height using trigonometry and an angle-measuring device called a clinometer.
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