Abney level

noun Ab·ney level \ˈabnē-\

Definition of Abney level

  1. :  a surveying clinometer consisting of a short telescope, bubble tube, and graduated vertical arc used especially for measuring tree heights

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Origin and Etymology of abney level

after Wm. de Wiveleslie Abney †1920 English scientist

First Known Use: 1883

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