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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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Meter calibration: Thirty-five (35) objects (including buildings, pillars, doors, windows, gates, home refrigerators, picture frames fixed on walls, poles, bus-stop tops, and under constructions structures) of know height were used to calibrate Hega Altimeter and Suunto Clinometer.
The clinometer needs to be held at your eye, at a 45[degrees] angle to the top of the tree.
Height and diameter at breast height (DBH) of the nest tree were measured with a clinometer and DBH tape, respectively.
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The relascope provides a rough estimation because the upper limbs rarely grow vertically; consequently the accuracy of the clinometer function of the instrument is limited.
In 2009, using my Nikon Prostaff 440 and a Suunto clinometer, I settled on between 141 and 142 feet for this tree growing at two miles above sea level.
Prior to 2010, height measurements were undertaken with a Bushnell Yardage pro rangefinder combined with a Suunto clinometer and, from 2010 onwards, a Nikon Forestry 550 rangefinder with in-built hypsometer.
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.
A digital magnetic compass provides a [+ or -] 8 mill accuracy, the electronic clinometer having a [+ or -] 4 mill accuracy, position being provided by an embedded GPS/SAASM.
Slope orientation and gradient were determined for each releve using a compass and clinometer, and location and elevation, with a hand-held global positioning system device.
Tree heights were measured with an electronic clinometer and stem diameters were measured at 1.