Share this entry

Share this page

cathetometer

Line breaks: cath|etom¦eter
Pronunciation: /ˌkaθɪˈtɒmɪtə
 
/

Definition of cathetometer in English:

noun

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.

Origin

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

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day sacerdotal
Pronunciation: ˌsasərˈdōtl
adjective
relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly