azimuth circle

noun

Definition of azimuth circle

1 : one of the great circles of the celestial sphere intersecting each other in the zenith and nadir

called also vertical circle

— compare meridian sense 2
2 : a horizontal graduated circle for indicating azimuth (such as one having sight vanes and screens and attached to a compass to show magnetic azimuths or one having a telescope for accurate measurement of differences of azimuth)

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“Azimuth circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azimuth%20circle. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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