absolute altimeter meaning

  "absolute altimeter" in a sentence
(*) A type of altimeter which measures vertical distance to the surface below, using radio, radar, sonic, laser, or capacitive technology.

"An instrument which employs radio, sonic, or capacitive technology to produce on its indicator the measurement of distance from the aircraft to the terrain below. Also known as terrain-clearance indicator."


  1. The group also helped develop the radar altimeter, or absolute altimeter.

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