Definition of cathetometer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkaθɪˈtɒmɪtə/

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A telescope mounted on a graduated scale, used for accurate measurement of small vertical distances.
Example sentences
  • The vertical drops can be determined with a cathetometer even when someone else is gathering data with the apparatus.
  • The difference of the two readings on the cathetometer would give the corresponding length measured on the glass column for 100 ml.
  • Each cathetometer has a horizontal travel of 1.8 m and a vertical travel of 1.2 m.


Mid 19th century: from Latin cathetus (from Greek kathetos 'perpendicular line', from kathienai 'send or let down') + -meter.

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