echolocation

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ech·o·lo·ca·tion

 (ĕk′ō-lō-kā′shən)
n.
1. A sensory system in certain animals, such as bats and dolphins, in which usually high-pitched sounds are emitted and their echoes interpreted to determine the direction and distance of objects.
2. Electronics A process for determining the location of objects by emitting sound waves and analyzing the waves reflected back to the sender by the object. In both senses also called echo ranging.

ech′o·lo·cate′ (-lō-kāt′) v.

echolocation

(ˌɛkəʊləʊˈkeɪʃən)
n
(General Engineering) determination of the position of an object by measuring the time taken for an echo to return from it and its direction

ech•o•lo•ca•tion

(ˌɛk oʊ loʊˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a method of locating objects by determining the time for an echo to return and the direction from which it returns, as by radar or sonar.
2. the sonarlike system used by dolphins, bats, and other animals to detect objects by emitting usu. high-pitched sounds that reflect off the object and return to the ears or other sensory receptors.
[1944]
ech`o•lo′cate, v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
ech`o•lo′ca•tor, n.

ech·o·lo·ca·tion

(ĕk′ō-lō-kā′shən)
1. A sensory system in certain animals, such as bats and dolphins, in which the animals send out high-pitched sounds and use their echoes to determine the position of objects. See Note at bat.
2. The use of reflected sound waves, as by radar or sonar, to determine the location and size of distant or underwater objects.

echolocation

the fixing of the position of an object by transmitting a signal and measuring the time required for it to bounce back, typically done by radar or sonar and by bats.
See also: Sound
the fixing of the position of an object by transmitting a signal and measuring the time required for it to bounce back, typically done by radar or sonar.
See also: Distance
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.echolocation - determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
localization, locating, localisation, location, fix - a determination of the place where something is; "he got a good fix on the target"
Translations

echolocation

[ˌekəʊləʊˈkeɪʃən] Necolocación f

echolocation

echo-location [ˌɛkəʊləʊˈkeɪʃən] nécholocation f
References in periodicals archive ?
But they are amongst the most fascinating, with their extraordinary ability to fly around in the dark and find insects using echo-location.
Bats have to be able to do three things to survive - fly, echolocate, and use their echo-location to catch insects.
Noise pollution also caused the animals, which navigate by sonar echo-location, to collide with shipping and get caught in propellers.