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