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theodolite

Line breaks: the|odo¦lite
Pronunciation: /θɪˈɒdəlʌɪt
 
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Definition of theodolite in English:

noun

A surveying instrument with a rotating telescope for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.
Example sentences
  • Then there were his surveying tools: theodolite, plane table, brass scales, parallel ruler.
  • Having begun my navigation career with star shots on sextants and theodolites and sun-compasses during the day, I appreciated the technical brilliance of the GPS (the US Global Positioning System).
  • Long says his company hires surveyors who use theodolites to locate the centerlines in both directions for the templates.

Origin

late 16th century (originally denoting an instrument for measuring horizontal angles): from modern Latin theodelitus, of unknown origin.

Derivatives

theodolitic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Alternately, this angle can be determined directly by theodolitic measurement from the vessel.
  • Just then an immigration van pulled up and they took off so fast that even a laser-powered theodolitic tracking system would have been unable to keep up with their swift escape.

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