Alidade meaning

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An indicator or a sighting apparatus on a plane table, used in angular measurement.
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A topographic surveying and mapping instrument used for determining directions, consisting of a telescope and attached parts.
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A part of an optical or surveying instrument, consisting of the vernier, indicator, etc.
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A surveying instrument consisting of a telescope mounted on a rule, used in topography.
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(cartography, astronomy, surveying) A sighting device used for measuring angles.
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Origin of alidade

  • French from Medieval Latin alidada sighting rod from Arabic al-‘iḍāda the revolving radius of a circle al- the ‘iḍāda revolving radius (alternate form of ‘aḍud humerus) (from ‘aḍada to lop, cut (trees) ʕṣ́d in Semitic roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French alidade, from Spanish alidada, from Arabic عِضَادة, perhaps from عضد (“upper arm”).

    From Wiktionary