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  • n. Plural form of theodolite.


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  • But if the motion of the glacier be observed by means of accurate measuring instruments, such as theodolites, it is not necessary to wait for years to observe that ice moves—a single day is sufficient.

    Ice and Glaciers

  • I learned about gromas and chorobates, plane tables and astrolabes, theodolites and transits … and then tellurometers, total stations, inertial survey systems and, of course the Global Positioning Satellite system.

    My speech to the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association AGM

  • He told the Jakarta Globe that off-kilter kiblats were often an issue in quake-hit areas such as Yogyakarta, West Java and West Sumatra and that the government had the money for theodolites, a precision surveying instrument.

    Indonesian Muslims turn prayers back to Mecca after 1,000-mile mistake

  • During the tests researchers will use theodolites, surveying instruments that measure horizontal and vertical angles.

    New Tech Tested In Whales Vs. Wave Energy

  • Islands and atolls, coral reefs and rocky shorelines, all depicted with a stunning level of complexity from a time before theodolites, GPS, satellites, and cameras, two hundred years before John Harrison established accurate longitudinal measurement.

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • Displays of lavishly decorated spiral thermometers, brass astrolabes, elaborate armillary spheres and theodolites -- even Michelangelo's compass kit -- testify to the era's appetite for precise technical information.

    Galileo's Discoveries, 400 Years Later, Still Open Eyes

  • Nirmal was announcing over tea that at last everything was in place – the officers, the theodolites and cameras, the labourers, the tents, the permissions and paperwork – and in two days they would begin to set up the dig at the ruin.

    An Atlas of Impossible Longing

  • With that kind of backing, Bate was able to branch out and make telescopes, barometers, spectacles, theodolites, the official Troy pound for the U.S. Mint, and anything else required in a world crazy about measurement.

    American Connections

  • In an era of nonstop exploration the secret of navigational success was “gradation,” the little marks on your theodolites that swiveled the gizmos by a specifically teeny amount and made the difference between accuracy and being lost.

    American Connections

  • Allowing the fundamental observers the use only of clocks and theodolites, and granting them the possibility of sending and receiving we have shown that for each given mode of motion x (t) there necessarily exists a quadratic line element which is invariant, in form as well as in fact, under transformation fqrom one fundamental observer to another.

    Cosmology: Methodological Debates in the 1930s and 1940s


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