trilateration

noun

tri·​lat·​er·​a·​tion
plural -s
: the measurement of the lengths of the three sides of a series of touching or overlapping triangles on the earth's surface for the determination of the relative position of points by geometrical means (as in geodesy, map making, and surveying) compare triangulation

Word History

Etymology

trilateral + -ation

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“Trilateration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trilateration. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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