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al ti muh ter

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

  • The tardy retrorocket firing that probably made the difference between success and failure, Barringer decided, could have been caused by an altimeter error of as little as 30 ft .
  • Privity seemed to bar the suit: the dead daughter had had no direct connection with either the altimeter maker or Lockheed, the airplane manufacturer.
  • 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.

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