al·​i·​dade | \ ˈa-lə-ˌdād How to pronounce alidade (audio) \

Definition of alidade

: a rule equipped with simple or telescopic sights and used for determination of direction: such as
a : a part of an astrolabe
b : a part of a surveying instrument consisting of the telescope and its attachments

Examples of alidade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dalton showed the couple around the lookout, explaining the old telephone system and the fire finder, a type of alidade used by fire lookouts., "High in the Cascades, fire lookouts are still on the lookout for danger - The Boston Globe," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of alidade

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alidade

Middle English allidatha, from Medieval Latin alhidada, from Arabic al-ʽiḍāda the revolving radius of a circle

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“Alidade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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