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[klahy-nom-i-ter, kli-] /klaɪˈnɒm ɪ tər, klɪ-/
an instrument for determining angles of inclination or slope.
Origin of clinometer
1805-15; clino- + -meter
Related forms
clinometry, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clinometer
  • Make your own clinometer by gluing a protractor to a piece of cardboard, then threading a weighted string through the center.
  • Slope gradient is usually measured with a hand level or clinometer.
  • For measurements on the slope the vertical angles are determined by use of a clinometer or a transit.
  • We measured nest height in meters from the ground to the rim of the nest with a clinometer.
  • Use a clinometer until experience is gained in estimating vertical angels.
  • These distance zones were determined by using a clinometer to place marks on the inside of the bubble windows.
  • To determine if the building is too close, stand at the plant and sight the top of the building through your clinometer.
  • Lengths were measured using a clinometer or laser range finder.
  • The angle of incidence of their sides was taken by a clinometer.
British Dictionary definitions for clinometer


an instrument used in surveying for measuring an angle of inclination
Derived Forms
clinometric (ˌklaɪnəˈmɛtrɪk), clinometrical, adjective
clinometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for clinometer

"measurer of slopes and elevations," 1811, from clino- + -meter. Related: Clinometric.

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