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.