plural -s
: an instrument for accurate measurement of small differences in height (as of columns of mercury or other fluids) consisting of a telescopic leveling apparatus that slides up or down a perpendicular standard with a finely graduated scale

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary catheto- (from Greek kathetos vertical height, perpendicular line, from kathetos let down, from kathienai) + -meter

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“Cathetometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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