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

  • n. An instrument used to determine the angle of the earth's magnetic field in respect to the horizontal plane.
  • n. An instrument for showing the inclination of an aircraft or ship relative to the horizontal.
  • n. See clinometer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instrument that displays the angle of an aircraft relative to the horizon
  • n. An instrument that measures magnetic dip; a dip circle
  • n. A surveying instrument that measures angles of inclination or elevation; a clinometer

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In magnetism, an apparatus for determining the vertical component of the earth's magnetic force.
  • n. An instrument for ascertaining the slope of an embankment; a clinometer or batter-level.

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

  • n. an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation
  • n. an instrument showing the angle that an aircraft makes with the horizon
  • n. a measuring instrument for measuring the angle of magnetic dip (as from an airplane)


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