[ kol-uh-meyt ]
/ ˈkɒl əˌmeɪt /
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verb (used with object), col·li·mat·ed, col·li·mat·ing.
to bring into line; make parallel.
to adjust accurately the line of sight of (a telescope).
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Origin of collimate
OTHER WORDS FROM collimatecol·li·ma·tion, noun
Words nearby collimate
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British Dictionary definitions for collimate
/ (ˈkɒlɪˌmeɪt) /
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 collimatecollimation, noun
Word Origin for collimate
C17: from New Latin collimāre, erroneously for Latin collīneāre to aim, from com- (intensive) + līneāre, from līnea line
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