altimeter altimeter  /æl ˈtɪ mə tər/


  • (n) an instrument that measures the height above ground; used in navigation


  1. Privity seemed to bar the suit: the dead daughter had had no direct connection with either the altimeter maker or Lockheed, the airplane manufacturer.
  2. The altimeter will bounce laser beams off the lunar surface and, by measuring the speed at which they reflect back up, calculate the moon's topography to within inches.
  3. Guidance: Sea-skimming cruise monitored by radar altimeter, active radar terminal homing.


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  1. Van Vollenhoven said that from now on "the technical investigation will be directed at the functioning of the automatic pilot, the automatic gas control system, and their coupling to the radio altimeter."
    on Mar 4, 2009 By: Pieter van Vollenhoven Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. Noting how many times the speech had been called "lofty," Schieffer said, "I think we're about to see that altimeter start going down."
    on Jan 20, 2005 By: Bob Schieffer Source: Washington Post

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