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range finder

or range·find·er

noun
  1. any of various instruments for determining the distance from the observer to a particular object, as for sighting a gun or adjusting the focus of a camera.
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Origin of range finder

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for rangefinder

Historical Examples of rangefinder

  • "Target—range one eight zero four, azimuth two four oh, elevation one oh seven," the rangefinder reported.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • "Action imminent," Chase ordered, and the rangefinder took up his chant.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone


British Dictionary definitions for rangefinder

rangefinder

noun
  1. an instrument for determining the distance of an object from the observer, esp in order to sight a gun or focus a camera
  2. another word for tacheometer
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