from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device for measuring depth of water by sending pressure waves down from the surface and recording the time until the echo returns from the bottom.

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  • noun A sonar device used for echo sounding

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  • noun a measuring instrument that sends out an acoustic pulse in water and measures distances in terms of the time for the echo of the pulse to return


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