echolocation(redirected from Echo-location)
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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.
(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)
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.
ech`o•lo′cate, v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
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.
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