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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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