- any of certain devices or attachments for determining distances by measuring the angle subtending a known distance.
- Electricity. the complete measuring, transmitting, and receiving apparatus for indicating, recording, or integrating at a distance, by electrical translating means, the value of a quantity.
- to transmit (radio signals, data, etc.) automatically and at a distance, as between a ground station and an artificial satellite, space probe, or the like, especially in order to record information, operate guidance apparatus, etc.
- to telemeter radio signals, data, etc.
Origin of telemeter
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Examples from the Web for telemetry
While Neil and Buzz made ready to blast off, Houston read the telemetry looking for signs of trouble.Man on the Moon
The Daily Beast
July 19, 2009
The telemetry results had been decoded, of course, so that a mere mortal could read them.
Doc Stone, of course, insisted that solenoid M1537 had failed, which was one possible interpretation of the telemetry.
Telemetry appears to offer an unlimited potential for studies of this kind.
- the use of radio waves, telephone lines, etc, to transmit the readings of measuring instruments to a device on which the readings can be indicated or recordedSee also radiotelemetry
- the measurement of linear distance using a tellurometer
- any device for recording or measuring a distant event and transmitting the data to a receiver or observer
- any device or apparatus used to measure a distance without directly comparing it with a measuring rod, etc, esp one that depends on the measurement of angles
- (tr) to obtain and transmit (data) from a distant source, esp from a spacecraft
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Word Origin and History for telemetry
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- The science and technology of automatic measurement and transmission of data by radio or other means from remote sources to receiving stations for recording and analysis.
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- The measurement of data at a remote source and transmission of the data (typically by radio) to a monitoring station. Telemetry is used, for example, to track the movements of wild animals that have been tagged with radio transmitters, and to transmit meteorological data from weather balloons to weather stations.
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Automatic measurement and transmission of data or information by such means as wire or (more commonly today) microwave relays from the source to a distant receiver.
Satellites transmit their data by telemetry.
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