from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument having a telescope and attached spirit level mounted on a tripod and rotating around a vertical axis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a telescope, with a spirit level attached, and with suitable screws, etc., for accurate adjustment, the whole mounted on a tripod, for use in leveling; -- called also leveling instrument.
- n. See under Level.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surveying instrument consisting basically of a small telescope with an attached spirit level rotating around a vertical axis; for measuring relative heights of land
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