Monday, October 24, 2005


CLINOMETER (cli•nom•e•ter)
Pronunciation: kli-'nä-me-ter
Etymology: Greek klinein to lean [klinein to incline + -meter.]
1. Any of various instruments for measuring angles of elevation or inclination

2. Any of various surveying instruments for measuring angles of elevation, slope, or incline, as of an embankment. Also called inclinometer.

3. (Geol.) An instrument for determining the dip of beds or strata, or the slope of an embankment or cutting; a kind of plumb level.

4. an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation [syn: inclinometer]

Units: degrees, percent slope, inch per foot rise

Clinometer is a typical marine reference name for an inclinometer used on sailing vessels to indicate pitch and/or roll. Mounted along the keel or beam axis, the clinometer provides an accurate measurement of the sailboat's roll or heel angle from 12 feet away - allowing the pilot to adjust for optimum cruising or race position.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

INCLINOMETER (in•cli•nom•e•ter)

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An Inclinometer (or Clinometer) is an instrument for measuring angles of slope (or tilt), elevation or inclination of an object with respect to gravity. Also known as a tilt sensor, tilt indicator, slope meter, slope gauge, gradient meter, gradiometer, level gauge & level meter.

INCLINOMETER (in•cli•nom•e•ter)
Pronunciation: "in-kli-'nä-me-ter
1. An instrument used to determine the angle of the earth's magnetic field in respect to the horizontal plane.
2. An instrument for showing the inclination of an aircraft or ship relative to the horizontal.
3. An instrument for showing a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal
4. An instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation [syn: clinometer]

Examples of Usage:
Construction/Industrial: a. An instrument for measuring the inclination or slope, as of the ground, in relation to gravity or horizon; b. Any of various instruments for measuring the departure of an object from vertical; a driftmeter.

Transportation: For measuring the rolling and pitching of a ship or the banking of a road curve.


Tilt Sensor: Noun: Any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as motion or inclination, etc.) and responds to it by relating an electrical signal to indicate an angle - typically in degrees.