- (in plane-tabling) a straightedge having a telescopic sight or other means of sighting parallel to the straightedge.
- the entire upper part of a theodolite or transit, including the telescope, its supports, the level vials, the circle-reading device, and the spindle.
Also al·i·dad [al-i-dad] /ˈæl ɪˌdæd/.
Origin of alidade
1400–50; variant of alhidade < Medieval Latin alhidada < Arabic al-ʿiḍādah the turning radius (like a clock hand) of a circle; replacing late Middle English allydatha (< Old Spanish alhidada)
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Examples from the Web for alidade
Close by stood an alidade, an instrument for measuring angles.Historical Miniatures
Your scale is ready to be pasted or transferred to the alidade and each 6.8.
The alidade is a triangular ruler with one or more working scales on it beside other measurements.
After he had placed the plane table on a tripod and upon this the alidade, he started to work.On the Seaboard
- a surveying instrument used in plane-tabling for drawing lines of sight on a distant object and taking angular measurements
- the upper rotatable part of a theodolite, including the telescope and its attachments
C15: from French, from Medieval Latin allidada, from Arabic al-'idāda the revolving radius of a circle
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