a level, as a surface of mercury, used in determining the altitudes of stars.
the bubble in a sextant or octant for aerial use.
Also called flight indicator, gyro horizon. Aeronautics an instrument that indicates the banking and pitch of an aircraft with respect to the horizon.
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Origin of artificial horizon
First recorded in 1795–1805
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British Dictionary definitions for artificial horizon
Also called: gyro horizon an aircraft instrument, using a gyroscope, that indicates the aircraft's attitude in relation to the horizontal
astronomy a level reflecting surface, such as one of mercury, that measures the altitude of a celestial body as half the angle between the body and its reflection
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