[hip-som-i-ter] /hɪpˈsɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument for measuring altitudes by determining the boiling point of water at a given altitude
any instrument used to calculate the heights of trees by triangulation
An instrument used to determine land elevation by observing the atmospheric pressure as measured by the change in the boiling point of a liquid, usually water. Liquids boil at progressively lower temperatures as the atmospheric pressure decreases, and since atmospheric pressure decreases with altitude, the temperature at which the liquid boils is an indicator of the atmospheric pressure at that location and hence of the location’s altitude.
[hip-som-i-tree] /hɪpˈsɒm ɪ tri/ noun 1. vertical control in mapping; the establishment of elevations or altitudes. /hɪpˈsɒmɪtrɪ/ noun 1. (in mapping) the establishment of height above sea level Also called hypsography hypsometry (hĭp-sŏm’ĭ-trē) The measurement of elevation relative to sea level. Also called hypsography.
noun a fear of high places Word Origin hypso- ‘height’
/ˈhaɪrəˌkɔɪd/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the mammalian order Hyracoidea, which contains the hyraxes noun 2. a hyrax
[hahy-ruh-koh-theer-ee-uh m] /ˌhaɪ rə koʊˈθɪər i əm/ noun, plural hyracotheria [hahy-ruh-koh-theer-ee-uh] /ˌhaɪ rə koʊˈθɪər i ə/ (Show IPA) 1. . hyracotherium (hī’rə-kō-thîr’ē-əm) Plural hyracotheria A small primitive horse that lived about 50 million years ago during the early Eocene Epoch. It had three or four hoofed toes on each foot and is considered by some […]