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  1. an instrument consisting of a mirror moved by clockwork, for reflecting the sun's rays in a fixed direction.
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Origin of heliostat

From the New Latin word heliostata, dating back to 1740–50. See helio-, -stat
Related formshe·li·o·stat·ic, adjective
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  1. an astronomical instrument used to reflect the light of the sun in a constant direction
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Derived Formsheliostatic, adjective
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