an instrument consisting of a spirit level mounted under and parallel to a telescope, the latter being rigidly attached to its supports.
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Origin of dumpy level
First recorded in 1830–40
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surveying a levelling instrument consisting of a horizontal telescope with various rotational arrangements and a spirit level
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