cli·​nom·​e·​ter | \ klī-ˈnä-mə-tər How to pronounce clinometer (audio) \

Definition of clinometer

: any of various instruments for measuring angles of elevation or inclination

Examples of clinometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with their cutting-edge measuring rods, telescopes, spirit levels, and clinometers, the couple had at least one piece of equipment that had been entirely unavailable to Vyse: a camera. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'clinometer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of clinometer

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clinometer

Greek klinein to lean

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about clinometer

Time Traveler for clinometer

Time Traveler

The first known use of clinometer was in 1811

See more words from the same year

Statistics for clinometer

Cite this Entry

“Clinometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Comments on clinometer

What made you want to look up clinometer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!