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.
1860, a rangefinder for surveying and artillery, from Fr. télémètre (1852), from télé- "far" (see tele-) + mètre "meter" (see meter (2)). Used from 1953 for a pay-as-you-watch TV system with a coin box attached to the set.