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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mounting for astronomical telescopes that permits pointing adjustments in both altitude and azimuth.
  • noun A telescope having such a mounting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An astronomical instrument for determining the altitudes and the azimuths of heavenly bodies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Astron.) An instrument for taking azimuths and altitudes simultaneously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A telescope or surveying instrument that has a mount permitting both horizontal and vertical rotation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an instrument that measures the altitude and azimuth of celestial bodies; used in navigation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[alt(itude) + azimuth.]

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