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clinometer An instrument for measuring the angle between an inclined surface and the horizontal, using a pendulum or spirit level and a calibrated circular scale. A clinometer may be incorporated into a magnetic compass, as a ‘compass clinometer’. Clinometers are used to measure the inclination of bedding, cleavage, lineations, fault planes, etc.
cli·nom·e·ter / klīˈnamətər/ • n. Surveying an instrument used for measuring the angle or elevation of slopes.
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