range finder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n range finder a measuring instrument (acoustic or optical or electronic) for finding the distance of an object
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Range finder (Gunnery) an instrument, or apparatus, variously constructed, for ascertaining the distance of an inaccessible object, -- used to determine what elevation must be given to a gun in order to hit the object; a position finder.
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Usage

In literature:

Accordingly he invented a machine, something like a range-finder for big guns.
"Tom Swift among the Fire Fighters" by Victor Appleton
In this way it is its own range-finder.
"Notes of a War Correspondent" by Richard Harding Davis
Campbell taking distances abeam with range finder.
"The Voyages of Captain Scott" by Charles Turley
The crew of range finders had been wiped out in an instant.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
Again came the order for range finders, and the report that the range was O.K.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
One of these failed to explode, but smashed the main range finder and killed one man.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
The Walling range-finder plant has been demolished by an earthquake!
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
The voice of the range finder droned over the ship's intercom.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
The range-finder and the switch were on a ledge at one of the windows.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
To assist in this work aerial range finders have been devised.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Mechanical range finders and ranging volleys are practicable at times.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
She equips the navies of the world with projectiles and range-finders.
"A Short History of Pittsburgh" by Samuel Harden Church
How do you know but what this light was put here as a range finder for us fishermen?
"The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast" by Victor Appleton
Aneroid A was a three-inch, three-circle instrument, the invention of Colonel Watkins, of the British army, of range-finder fame.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
To operate it you peeked into the range finder, then threw a lever.
"If You Don't Write Fiction" by Charles Phelps Cushing
The range-finders at the different batteries show the range is rapidly diminishing.
"Harper's Round Table, October 29, 1895" by Various
The tops are the places for the sharpshooters and the range-finders.
"Fighting in Cuban Waters" by Edward Stratemeyer
And in order to find this distance it is necessary to use what are called range-finders.
"Two Boys of the Battleship" by Frank V. Webster
Fiske, range finder, 266.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
An excellent range-finder was captured on her.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley
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In news:

Marrying a laser range finder and detailed maps of more than 25,000 courses, these 5X-magnification specs aid even the worst duffers.
The car uses video cameras mounted on the roof, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic.
What You'll Need: Big Bertha driver, GPS range finder.
And of course when I hunt more open territory or any type of ground-pounding situation, a range finder becomes critical.
Range Finder – Kenneth Branagh.
Range Finder – Kenneth Branagh.
A range finder was installed on the Prism 's neck to provide a Theramin-like effect of pitch bending.
Range finder RSS Feed.
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In science:

Range finder: Let Ω be an n × k standard Gaussian matrix where k = p + r.
Beating Randomized Response on Incoherent Matrices
Range finder: Run the range finder ( Figure 2) on A with sampling parameter k = p + r and privacy parameters (ε/2, δ/2).
Beating Randomized Response on Incoherent Matrices
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