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trilateration

[trahy-lat-uh-rey-shuh n] /traɪˈlæt əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun, Surveying
1.
a method of determining the relative positions of three or more points by treating these points as vertices of a triangle or triangles of which the angles and sides can be measured.
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trilateration

/ˌtraɪlætəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
a method of surveying in which a whole area is divided into triangles, the sides of which are measured, usually by electromagnetic distance measuring for geodetic control or by chain survey for a detailed survey
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Contemporary definitions for trilateration
noun

a method of surveying in which triangle sides are measured, usually by electronic means; cf. triangulation

Word Origin

tri 'triangle' + latus 'side' + -ation

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