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Nilometer

(naɪˈlɒmɪtə)
n
(Physical Geography) archaic a graduated pillar by which the rise and fall of the Nile can be measured

nilometer

an instrument used for measuring the increase in the level of the River Nile during its flood period, consisting of a water chamber containing a graduated pillar. Also niloscope.
See also: Rivers
an instrument used for measuring the increase in the level of the River Nile during its flood period, consisting of a water chamber containing a graduated pillar. Also called Niloscope.
See also: Instruments
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On the island at our right was the machine they call the Nilometer, a stone-column whose business it is to mark the rise of the river and prophecy whether it will reach only thirty-two feet and produce a famine, or whether it will properly flood the land at forty and produce plenty, or whether it will rise to forty-three and bring death and destruction to flocks and crops--but how it does all this they could not explain to us so that we could understand.
Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely, or perhaps a gauge, not a Nilometer, but a Realometer, that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time.
The Egyptian tour guide page Walk like an Egyptian is organizing an event to walk through Manial Island in a day-long exploration of the area and all its "hidden gems," such as Um Kalthum Museum, Nilometer, Prince Mohamed Ali Palace and the Manesterly Palace.
ENGREEN, "The Nilometer in the Serapeum at Alexandria", Medievalia et Humanistica, 1, 1943, 3-13; A.
In order to add more pleasure for the visitor, one can get there a little early and have the chance to visit the historic Nilometer as it stands just in front of the entrance to the palace.
The Nilometer was how Egyptians measured the water level of the Nile River up until the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
At the avenue's fourth section, the team also unearthed remains of a cylindrical sandstone nilometer with New Kingdom (1569-1081 B.
49) In his first year of reign, an Alexandrian coin issue depicted a Nilometer alluding to a good inundation.
Used well into the twentieth century, the Nilometer was rendered obsolete by the completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1970.
till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely, or perhaps a gauge, not a Nilometer, but a Realometer, that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time.
monitored by means of the Nilometer and the measuring cord.
The centrepiece was victory for Nilometer, who held off the late challenge of Five Grainstook by a head in the Association of Hong Kong Racing Journalists Challenge Cup.