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

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By the 1930s, theodolites were supplemented with cameras and ground expeditions with aerial photography. Ipsita Chakravarty, Quartz India, "How colonialism cost the Himalayas their remoteness," 10 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of theodolite

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theodolite

New Latin theodelitus

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