range finder

or range·find·er



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.

Nearby words

  1. rang,
  2. ranga,
  3. rangatira,
  4. rangatiratanga,
  5. range,
  6. range light,
  7. range line,
  8. range of accommodation,
  9. range of stability,
  10. range oil

Origin of range finder

First recorded in 1870–75

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Examples from the Web for rangefinder

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

    A Question of Courage|Jesse Franklin Bone
  • "Target—range one eight zero four, azimuth two four oh, elevation one oh seven," the rangefinder reported.

    A Question of Courage|Jesse Franklin Bone

British Dictionary definitions for rangefinder


/ (ˈreɪndʒˌfaɪndə) /


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