AskDefine | Define echolocation

Dictionary Definition

echolocation n : determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it [syn: echo sounding]

User Contributed Dictionary



From echo + location



  1. The use of echoes to detect objects as observed in bats and other natural creatures. Also known as biosonar.


use of echos to detect objects

Extensive Definition

Echolocation may refer to:
  • Acoustic location, the general use of sound to locate objects
  • Animal echolocation, non-human animals emitting sound waves and listening to the echo in order to locate objects or navigate
  • Human echolocation, the use by people of sound to navigate
  • Sonar (sound navigation and ranging), the use of sound to navigate or to locate other watercraft, usually by submarines
  • Echo sounding, listening to the echo of sound pulses to measure the distance to the bottom of the sea, a special case of Sonar
  • Medical ultrasonography, the use of ultrasound echos to look inside the body
  • Echolocation (album), a 2001 album by Fruit Bats

See also

  • Radar, locating objects by detecting the echo of emitted radio waves
  • Time to Echolocate, a 2005 album by The Ebb and Flow
echolocation in Czech: Echolokace
echolocation in German: Echoortung
echolocation in Spanish: Ecolocalización
echolocation in French: Écholocation
echolocation in Dutch: Echolocatie
echolocation in Polish: Echolokacja
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