from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A measuring, transmitting, and receiving device used in telemetry.
- transitive v. To measure, transmit, and receive (data) automatically from a distant source, as from a spacecraft or an electric power grid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any device used in telemetry
- n. A device used for rangefinding, especially of military targets
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument used for measuring the distance of an object from an observer.
- n. A measuring instrument which sends the information obtained from its sensors by radio to a distant station, usually to be recorded there; also, the complete system including measuring instrument, transmitter, and receiver. Such instruments are used, for example, to measure conditions in space or in other locations difficult of access for humans observers, or merely to allow one observer to monitor conditions in many places simultaneously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for determining distances in surveying, in artillery practice, etc.
- n. An apparatus for recording electrically at a distance the indications of a physical or meteorological instrument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any scientific instrument for observing events at a distance and transmitting the information back to the observer
tele- + -meter from French télémètre ("device used for measuring distance") coined by Selligue, possibly from a blend of télescope and micromètre. (Wiktionary)