theodolite

noun
the·​od·​o·​lite | \ thē-ˈä-də-ˌlīt How to pronounce theodolite (audio) \

Definition of theodolite

: a surveyor's instrument for measuring horizontal and usually also vertical angles

Examples of theodolite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

These models are used in conjunction with a digital theodolite that measures vertical and horizontal to record the features archaeological sites, according to Darnell. James Rogers, Fox News, "Yale archaeologists make amazing ancient Egyptian 'billboard' discovery," 22 June 2017

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

First Known Use of theodolite

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theodolite

New Latin theodelitus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about theodolite

Statistics for theodolite

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for theodolite

The first known use of theodolite was in 1571

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on theodolite

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with theodolite

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about theodolite

Comments on theodolite

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to move or proceed with twists and turns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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