- to bring into line; make parallel.
- to adjust accurately the line of sight of (a telescope).
Origin of collimate
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Related Words for collimateimitate, complement, correspond, correlate, conform, compare, assimilate, equal, agree, liken, equate, paragon, collocate, copy, match, parallelize, collimate, accumulate, gather, parallel
- 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
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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