Collimate meaning

kŏlə-māt
To make parallel; line up.
verb
0
0
To adjust the line of sight of (an optical device).
verb
0
0
To make (light rays, etc.) parallel.
verb
0
0
To adjust the line of sight of (a telescope, surveyor's level, etc.)
verb
0
0
To focus into a narrow beam or column.

Lead bricks were placed around the radioactive source so that the escaping gamma rays would be limited to a collimated beam rather than filling the lab.

I need to collimate my telescope so that the images are clearer.

verb
0
0
Advertisement

Origin of collimate

  • New Latin collīmāre collīmāt- alteration of Latin collīneāre to aim com- intensive pref. com– līneāre to make straight (from līnea line line1)

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