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- n. a device used to measure the rise of water in the Nile at the flood
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for measuring the rise of water in the Nile during its periodical flood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gage or measure of depth or height of the flow of the river Nile.
- n. Hence, any instrument for making a continuous and automatic register of riverheights.
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It has been taken for a kind of nilometer, for a sculptor's or modeller's stand, or a painter's easel for an altar with four superimposed tables, or a sort of pedestal bearing four door-lintels, for a series of four columns placed one behind another, of which the capitals only are visible, one above the other, etc.
Or we can spend precious hours trying to find and steal a boat and cross a flooding river to the nilometer.
At this time of year, the nilometer should have been mostly dry, the waters of the Nile receding by October.
With the Nile rising all around them, she was willing to bet that the water filling the cavern beneath the nilometer would be cold and fast-moving.
He made no motion to return to the nilometer entrance.
“The nilometer on Elephantine Island,” Kira murmured.
They crossed the broad Nile exactly at the spot where the nilometer, or river guage, measures from day to day, and from year to year, the increasing or decreasing treasures of the stream, and landed at a village where thousands of eggs are made into chickens by the process of artificial incubation.
The nilometer built by the Calif Maouya is still extant.
This island had once boasted not only a nilometer, which measured the rise and fall of flood waters, but also a well that had been used by Erastosthenes in 1230 B.C. to calculate the diameter of the Earth.
There is a long flight of steps there (a nilometer?), on which Rā resteth when he determineth to prolong life to mankind.