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 Milazzo would walk out into a field and hold a pole marked with measurements, while his grandfather, Richard Hall, took elevations using an instrument called a theodolite. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Meet the Dallas publisher looking for great authors you’ve never heard of," 16 Mar. 2021 The teams from China and Nepal used everything from old-fashioned trigonometry and surveying equipment like the theodolite, to satellite positioning and gravity meters. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Mount Everest Just Got Taller," 8 Dec. 2020 Since few referees are equipped with theodolites, enforcing this rule has been hard. The Economist, "High-tech rugby Sensors, data and the self-policing rugby match," 14 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of theodolite was in 1571

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29 Mar 2021

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“Theodolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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