theodolitic

theodolite

[thee-od-l-ahyt]
noun
1.
Surveying. a precision instrument having a telescopic sight for establishing horizontal and sometimes vertical angles. Compare transit ( def 6 ).

Origin:
1565–75; < Neo-Latin theodolitus < ?

theodolitic [thee-od-l-it-ik] , adjective
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theodolite (θɪˈɒdəˌlaɪt)
 
n
Also called (in the US and Canada): transit a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small tripod-mounted telescope that is free to move in both the horizontal and vertical planes
 
[C16: from New Latin theodolitus, of uncertain origin]
 
theodolitic
 
adj

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theodolite   (thē-ŏd'l-īt')  Pronunciation Key 
An optical instrument used to measure angles in surveying, meteorology, and navigation. In meteorology, it is used to track the motion of a weather balloon by measuring its elevation and azimuth angle. The earliest theodolite consisted of a small mounted telescope that rotated horizontally and vertically; modern versions are sophisticated computerized devices, capable of tracking weather balloons, airplanes, and other moving objects, at distances of up to 20,000 m (65,600 ft).
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