Words from my reading

I decided to do this a bit differently this week, since all my words were all found in one sentence. Can you match the implement in each photo (1-4, from top) with the correct term at right?

A. octant
B. graphometer
C. waywiser
D. theodolite

octant, n A measuring instrument used primarily in navigation
page 2, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“One by one he took each piece and wrapped it carefully with linen and sackcloth: an octant, a graphometer, the surveyor’s compass — a gift from his parents when he completed his studies — a waywiser, theodolite, and tripod.”

graphometer, n A surveying instrument used for angle measurements
page 2, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“One by one he took each piece and wrapped it carefully with linen and sackcloth: an octant, a graphometer, the surveyor’s compass — a gift from his parents when he completed his studies — a waywiser, theodolite, and tripod.”

waywiser, n An instrument for measuring the distance one has traveled on the road, an odometer, pedometer, or perambulator
page 2, The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“One by one he took each piece and wrapped it carefully with linen and sackcloth: an octant, a graphometer, the surveyor’s compass — a gift from his parents when he completed his studies — a waywiser, theodolite, and tripod.”
Such a great word!

theodolite, n A precision instrument for measuring angles in the horizontal and vertical planes
page 2 , The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
“One by one he took each piece and wrapped it carefully with linen and sackcloth: an octant, a graphometer, the surveyor’s compass — a gift from his parents when he completed his studies — a waywiser, theodolite, and tripod.”
I’m pretty sure I’ve encountered this word before, but I drew a blank when I read it here.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Books cited here:
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear :: Amazon*

What new words have you found lately?

Answers:

  1. C (waywiser)
  2. B (graphometer)
  3. A (octant)
  4. D (theodolite)

Image credits:
1, 2, 3, 4

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14 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I rarely comment, but I thought I should take a moment to say your Words posts are my absolute favorite! I love the way you always put pictures with them, and come up with innovative ways to present them!

  2. I love this spin on word posts. People like words. People like games. So of course people like word games. Great creative thinking!

  3. OOooo! I guessed correctly! Very fun.

  4. Great post, a wonderful idea to do a quiz. I’ve seen waywisers before, but had no idea what they were called.

  5. It’s a really good idea ! And the words you choosed are those whose I always forget the defiitions !

  6. I couldn’t tell the difference, ever! But it was interesting to see pictures compared, thanks.

  7. What a fantastic and innovative way of defining these words! Thank you for this fun game. This will also help me to remember them!

  8. I failed! But I love knowing what a waywiser is called because I’ve seen them. I have called them: “you know, that wheeled thingy that measures distances.”

  9. How fun! I got octant right because it has 8 points, but didn’t get the rest right.

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