A cousin to geometry, stereometry is the area measurement of irregular three-dimensional figures, such as statues.

This was used by the Levi corporation during a period when they were manufacturing jeans designed to the specific fit of the wearer.

This is also used for mapping faces for use in virtual reality simulations, and I recently found a group using a stereometer to map people's faces in preparation to carving out a block with their three-dimensional image.

Ste`re*om"e*try (?), n. [Stereo- + -metry: cf. F. st'er'eom'etrie.]

The art of measuring and computing the cubical contents of bodies and figures; -- distinguished from planimetry.

 

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