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radar  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (rā'där)  Pronunciation Key 

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  1. A method of detecting distant objects and determining their position, speed, material composition, or other characteristics by causing radio waves to be reflected from them and analyzing the reflected waves. The waves can be converted into images, as for use on weather maps.

  2. The equipment used in such detecting. See also Doppler effect, lidar, sonar.

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