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[klahy-nom-i-ter, kli-]
  1. an instrument for determining angles of inclination or slope.
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Origin of clinometer

First recorded in 1805–15; clino- + -meter
Related formscli·nom·e·try, noun
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Examples from the Web for clinometer

Historical Examples

  • Clinometer, klī-nom′e-tėr, n. an instrument for measuring the angle of inclination or dip of a stratum.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • I have no clinometer by which to measure how steep is the inclined plane you are descending, but I know it is very steep.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage

  • Probably he has never heard of the clinometer by which geological surveyors arrive at such information.

British Dictionary definitions for clinometer


  1. an instrument used in surveying for measuring an angle of inclination
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Derived Formsclinometric (ˌklaɪnəˈmɛtrɪk) or clinometrical, adjectiveclinometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for clinometer


"measurer of slopes and elevations," 1811, from clino- + -meter. Related: Clinometric.

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