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[tuh-lem-i-ter, tel-uh-mee-ter] /təˈlɛm ɪ tər, ˈtɛl əˌmi tər/
any of certain devices or attachments for determining distances by measuring the angle subtending a known distance.
Electricity. the complete measuring, transmitting, and receiving apparatus for indicating, recording, or integrating at a distance, by electrical translating means, the value of a quantity.
verb (used with object)
to transmit (radio signals, data, etc.) automatically and at a distance, as between a ground station and an artificial satellite, space probe, or the like, especially in order to record information, operate guidance apparatus, etc.
verb (used without object)
to telemeter radio signals, data, etc.
Origin of telemeter
1855-60; tele-1 + -meter
Related forms
[tel-uh-me-trik] /ˌtɛl əˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
telemetrically, adverb
[tuh-lem-i-tree] /təˈlɛm ɪ tri/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for telemeter
  • Satellite and telephone gage-height and temperature telemeter at station.
  • Satellite gage-height and temperature telemeter at station.
  • Satellite and telephone gage-height telemeter at station.
  • Satellite and telephone elevation and temperature telemeter at station.
  • Satellite and telephone elevation, temperature, and specific conductance telemeter at station.
  • Water-stage recorder, acoustical flowmeter and phone telemeter.
  • Water-stage recorder, phone telemeter, and crest-stage gage.
  • Gage-height telemeter and data-collection platform at station.
  • Water stage recorder, acoustical flowmeter, and phone telemeter.
  • Satellite and telephone elevation, precipitation, and wind speed and direction telemeter at station.
British Dictionary definitions for telemeter


any device for recording or measuring a distant event and transmitting the data to a receiver or observer
any device or apparatus used to measure a distance without directly comparing it with a measuring rod, etc, esp one that depends on the measurement of angles
(transitive) to obtain and transmit (data) from a distant source, esp from a spacecraft
Derived Forms
telemetric (ˌtɛlɪˈmɛtrɪk), telemetrical, adjective
telemetrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telemeter

1860, a rangefinder for surveying and artillery, from French télémètre (1852), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + mètre "meter" (see -meter). Used from 1953 for a pay-as-you-watch TV system with a coin box attached to the set.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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