[ hee-lee-om-i-ter ]
/ ˌhi liˈɒm ɪ tər /


a telescope with a divided, adjustable objective, formerly used to measure small angular distances, as those between celestial bodies.

Origin of heliometer

First recorded in 1745–55; helio- + -meter

Related forms

he·li·o·met·ric [hee-lee-uh-me-trik] /ˌhi li əˈmɛ trɪk/, he·li·o·met·ri·cal, adjectivehe·li·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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/ (ˌhiːlɪˈɒmɪtə) /


a refracting telescope having a split objective lens that is used to determine very small angular distances between celestial bodies

Derived Forms

heliometric (ˌhiːlɪəʊˈmɛtrɪk) or heliometrical, adjectiveheliometrically, adverbheliometry, noun
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