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[lahy-dahr] /ˈlaɪ dɑr/
noun, Electronics, Optics.
a device similar to radar in principle and operation but using infrared laser light instead of radio waves and capable of detecting particles and varying physical conditions in the atmosphere.
Also called laser radar.
Origin of lidar
presumably li(ght1) + (ra)dar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A favourite side-valley is the lidar, for which the road takes off from the main valley at Bijbehara.

    Kashmir Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • lidar detects shape directly and shape fluctuations such as vibration and motion and has proven very hard to spoof.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • And so, in marches of about ten miles a day, we came to Pahlgam on the banks of the dancing lidar.

  • Islamabad is the starting-point for both the lidar valley and Martand, and here the house-boat may be left.

    Kashmir Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • There are many other important active sensor classes, three of which are active acoustics, lidar and magnetic anomaly detectors.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
lidar in Science
  1. A method of detecting distant objects and determining their position, velocity, or other characteristics by analysis of pulsed laser light reflected from their surfaces. Lidar operates on the same principles as radar and sonar.

  2. The equipment used in such detection. See also Doppler effect, radar, sonar.

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Related Abbreviations for lidar


light detecting and ranging (laser radar)
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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