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collimate

[ kol-uh-meyt ]
/ 藞k蓲l 蓹藢me瑟t /
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verb (used with object), col路li路mat路ed, col路li路mat路ing.
to bring into line; make parallel.
to adjust accurately the line of sight of (a telescope).
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Origin of collimate

1615鈥25; <Latin collim膩tus, misreading of colline膩tus, past participle of colline膩re to direct in a straight line, equivalent to col-col-1 + -line膩-, verbal derivative of linealine1 + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM collimate

col路li路ma路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for collimate

collimate
/ (藞k蓲l瑟藢me瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
to use a collimator on (a beam of radiation or particles)
to make parallel or bring into line

Derived forms of collimate

collimation, noun

Word Origin for collimate

C17: from New Latin collim膩re, erroneously for Latin coll墨ne膩re to aim, from com- (intensive) + l墨ne膩re, from l墨nea line
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