Definition of clinometer in English:


Pronunciation /klīˈnamədər/ /klaɪˈnæmədər/


  • An instrument used for measuring the angle or elevation of slopes.

    ‘The DBH was measured at 1.3 m and height was measured using a clinometer.’
    • ‘He rappelled it with a clinometer to accurately measure the pitch: a sickening 72 degrees.’
    • ‘So they decided to go out and measure, using a clinometer made out of cardboard, a plastic straw, and a plum line.’
    • ‘I used a clinometer and measuring tape to measure relative elevation and related all measurements to benchmarks nearby.’
    • ‘Canopy closure was measured with a spherical densiometer and a clinometer was used to estimate slope and canopy height.’


Early 19th century from Greek klinein ‘to slope’+ -meter.