Reflecting circle
Reflecting Re*flect"ing, a. 1. Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface. [1913 Webster]

2. Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as, a reflecting mind. [1913 Webster]

{Reflecting circle}, an astronomical instrument for measuring angless, like the sextant or Hadley's quadrant, by the reflection of light from two plane mirrors which it carries, and differing from the sextant chiefly in having an entire circle.

{Reflecting galvanometer}, a galvanometer in which the deflections of the needle are read by means of a mirror attached to it, which reflects a ray of light or the image of a scale; -- called also {mirror galvanometer}.

{Reflecting goniometer}. See under {Goniometer}.

{Reflecting telescope}. See under {Telescope}. [1913 Webster]


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  • reflecting circle — Circle Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Semi-Reflecting-Circle — Semi Reflecting Circle, ein sogenannter[827] halber Spiegelkreis, vorzüglich zum nautischen Gebrauche bes. von Pistor u. Martins in Berlin, nach der verbesserten Construction von Horner verfertigt …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Reflecting instrument — Reflecting instruments are those that use mirrors to enhance their ability to make measurements. In particular, the use of mirrors permits one to observe two objects simultaneously while measuring the angular distance between the objects. While… …   Wikipedia

  • Reflecting — Re*flect ing, a. 1. Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as, a reflecting mind. [1913 Webster] {Reflecting circle}, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reflecting galvanometer — Reflecting Re*flect ing, a. 1. Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as, a reflecting mind. [1913 Webster] {Reflecting circle}, an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reflecting goniometer — Reflecting Re*flect ing, a. 1. Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as, a reflecting mind. [1913 Webster] {Reflecting circle}, an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reflecting telescope — Reflecting Re*flect ing, a. 1. Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as, a reflecting mind. [1913 Webster] {Reflecting circle}, an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circle — Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single curve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circle of altitude — Circle Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circle of curvature — Circle Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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