line of shadows
Quadrat Quad"rat, n. [F. quadrat, cadrat. See {Quadrate}.] 1. (Print.) A block of type metal lower than the letters, -- used in spacing and in blank lines. [Abbrev. quad.] [1913 Webster]

2. An old instrument used for taking altitudes; -- called also {geometrical square}, and {line of shadows}. [1913 Webster]


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