- to bring into line; make parallel.
- to adjust accurately the line of sight of (a telescope).
Origin of collimate
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Examples from the Web for collimation
Thus the line of collimation of the telescope was placed at right angles to the surface of the mirror.Experimental Determination of the Velocity of Light
Albert A. Michelson
The axial center line of the lens, or the line of collimation, is then in adjustment with the level.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
Was nearly half the day in adjusting the line of collimation in the telescopic sights of my theodolite.
The collimation error was found by reversing the instrument and using a terrestrial mark, the azimuth error by star observations.History of Astronomy
The objective is mounted in the most approved manner and is provided with adjustment for collimation.Astronomical Instruments and Accessories
Wm. Gaertner & Co.
- 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
C17: from New Latin collimāre, erroneously for Latin collīneāre to aim, from com- (intensive) + līneāre, from līnea line
- The process of restricting and confining an x-ray beam to a given area.
- In nuclear medicine, the process of restricting the detection of emitted radiations to a given area of interest.
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