theodolite


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the·od·o·lite

 (thē-ŏd′l-īt′)
n.
An optical instrument consisting of a small mounted telescope rotatable in horizontal and vertical planes, used to measure angles in surveying.

[Probably coined by Leonard Digges (1520-1559), English mathematician and surveyor, as the name of a device for measuring horizontal angles, perhaps from Greek theā, a viewing + a second element of unknown origin.]

the·od′o·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.

theodolite

(θɪˈɒdəˌlaɪt)
n
(Surveying) a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small tripod-mounted telescope that is free to move in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Also called (in the US and Canada): transit
[C16: from New Latin theodolitus, of uncertain origin]
theodolitic adj

the•od•o•lite

(θiˈɒd lˌaɪt)

n.
a precision instrument having a telescopic sight for establishing horizontal and sometimes vertical angles. Compare transit (def. 7).
[earlier theodelitus (1571), of undetermined orig.]
the•od`o•lit′ic (-ˈɪt ɪk) adj.

theodolite

a surveying instrument for measuring vertical and horizontal angles. — theodolitic, adj.
See also: Instruments, Land
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.theodolite - a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripodtheodolite - a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod
alidad, alidade - surveying instrument consisting of the upper movable part of a theodolite including the telescope and its attachments
surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument - an instrument used by surveyors
tacheometer, tachymeter - a theodolite designed for rapid measurements
Translations

theodolite

[θɪˈɒdəlaɪt] Nteodolito m

theodolite

nTheodolit m

theodolite

[θɪˈɒdəˌlaɪt] nteodolite m
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Finally a downhill ride into the Durham Dales, passing the old steel town of Consett, with its giant Theodolite Sculpture (pictured) and through our old industrial heartlands to the North Sea and Sunderland.