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range finder

or rangefinder

any of various instruments for determining the distance from the observer to a particular object, as for sighting a gun or adjusting the focus of a camera.
Origin of range finder
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Action imminent," Chase ordered, and the rangefinder took up his chant.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • "Target—range one eight zero four, azimuth two four oh, elevation one oh seven," the rangefinder reported.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
British Dictionary definitions for rangefinder


an instrument for determining the distance of an object from the observer, esp in order to sight a gun or focus a camera
another word for tacheometer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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