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Any of various surveying instruments for measuring angles of elevation, slope, or incline, as of an embankment. Also called inclinometer.

cli′no·met′ric (-nə-mĕt′rĭk), cli′no·met′ri·cal adj.
cli·nom′e·try n.


(Surveying) an instrument used in surveying for measuring an angle of inclination
clinometric, ˌclinoˈmetrical adj
cliˈnometry n


(klaɪˈnɒm ɪ tər, klɪ-)

an instrument for determining angles of inclination or slope.
[1805–15; < Latin -clīn(āre) to bend (see incline) or Greek klin(ein) to lean1 + -meter]
cli`no•met′ric (-nəˈmɛ trɪk) n., adj.
cli`no•met′ri•cal, adj.
cli•nom′e•try, n.
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Noun1.clinometer - an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevationclinometer - an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation
surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument - an instrument used by surveyors
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It also features a PLGR GPS receiver, an electronic clinometer, and an eye-safe Class 1 laser rangefinder with a 20 km maximum range.
Tree heights were measured with an electronic clinometer and stem diameters were measured at 1.
The data recorder used custom software on a laptop computer to enter sightings data (species, clinometer angle, and group size), environmental conditions (Beaufort Sea state, visibility, cloud cover, and glare), comments, and changes in effort (such as off-effort while circling and counting whales or during periods of poor or unacceptable visibility).
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Other remote party equipment included a mounting tripod, a petrol generator for battery charging, a spare 12 volt battery, a high frequency radio transceiver, clinometer, prismatic compass, plumb-bobs, box measuring-tape, field books, survey station summaries, measuring scheme diagram, protractor, and ruler, as well as a mechanism barometer and a psychrometer.
Slope of the terrain was measured with a clinometer, and the percentage of cover of rocks on the ground was visually estimated.
Both groups were evaluated in terms of joint position error (JPE) using a digital dual clinometer before and after the interventions.
The distance of groups perpendicular to the transect centerline was measured by the rear observer with a laser rangefinder (Leupold RX-1000 TBR) with a built-in clinometer that had maximum range of ~900 m; clinometers allow for accurate horizontal measurements regardless of survey altitude.
You can always use the old-fashioned method, too--a compass with a clinometer, a paper map and a sun path diagram for your latitude.
Linda Mihalov, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, took advantage of a new iPad app called clinometer HD (by plain-code) among 50 women undergoing da Vinci robotic-assisted benign total laparoscopic hysterectomy with or without bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
Three residue characteristics were used as predictor variables in the grapple loader cycle time regression model: type of pile, type of material handled in each grapple cycle, and ground slope under the pile, measured in degrees with a clinometer.