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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
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In each quadrat, trees and shrubs with DBH > 2.5 cm were measured and recorded for height and diameter at breast height (DBH) with clinometers and diameter tape, respectively.
Structural orientations were determined using clinometers following standard procedures [14].
Then we used clinometers with a special mathematical formula to measure the height of trees.
He would map the coordinates of these positions and take down the elevations and azimuth angles obtained by looking through the scopes of clinometers and theodolites.
The trees selected were measured (tree height in meters, diameter at breast height, height of first branch) using 50-m diameter tape for tree size and clinometers for tree heights.
It is equipped with a computerised navigation and aiming system with north finding system and clinometers. Thus fed, the fire control system (which can be integrated into most battle management systems) allows the electric drives to exactly position the mortar barrel in azimuth and elevation.
Laser rangefinders and clinometers can be used to measure the crown spread of tree, especially trees with high canopies.
The distance of groups perpendicular to the transect centerline was measured by the rear observer with a laser rangefinder (Leupold RX-1000 TBR) with a built-in clinometer that had maximum range of ~900 m; clinometers allow for accurate horizontal measurements regardless of survey altitude.
The third and most precise class (the accuracy of displacement measurements is [+ or -] 0.01/0.1 mm) relies on the relative measurements performed using clinometers, extensometers and inclinometers (Brys and Cmielewski, 2009; Brys et al., 2011; Cmielewski, 2007; Cmielewski et al., 2011; Cmielewski et al., 2012; Jamroz et al., 2006; Kaczorowski and Wojewoda, 2011).
Sasada currently uses a minimum Trendelenburg position and an iPad when performing robotic-assisted hysterectomy and other pelvic surgeries, but not in all cases, as some OR beds have built-in clinometers. The advantage of the iPad technology is that it offers "ease of use in the OR by anesthesia or nursing staff, and reproducibility between OR beds," she said in an interview.