surveyor's instrument

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Noun1.surveyor's instrument - an instrument used by surveyorssurveyor's instrument - an instrument used by surveyors  
alidad, alidade - surveying instrument used with a plane table for drawing lines of sight on a distant object and for measuring angles
alidad, alidade - surveying instrument consisting of the upper movable part of a theodolite including the telescope and its attachments
clinometer, inclinometer - an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation
instrument - a device that requires skill for proper use
plane table - surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board and a ruler that are mounted on a tripod; used to sight and map topographical details
flagpole, range pole, ranging pole - surveying instrument consisting of a straight rod painted in bands of alternate red and white each one foot wide; used for sightings by surveyors
sights - an optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument
surveyor's level - surveying instrument consisting basically of a small telescope with an attached spirit level rotating around a vertical axis; for measuring relative heights of land
theodolite, transit - a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod
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Terris Novalis IF you're going to make an impact with steel then Consett has to be the place to do it and in 1997 Tony Cragg, fifth winner of the Turner Prize, paid respects to the town's manufacturing traditions with a six-metre-high theodolite - a 19th Century surveyor's instrument used for measuring angles - and an engineer's level at 20 times their normal size.
His text, which presents six dialogues of a surveyor with a farmer, a Lord, a bailiff, a purchaser of land, and others, reflects social change and mores as much as it presents detailed descriptions of the surveyor's instruments, practice, and profession.