From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Collimate \Col"li*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Collimated; p. p.
   & vb. n. Collimating.] [See Collimation.] (Physics &
   To render parallel to a certain line or direction; to bring
   into the same line, as the axes of telescopes, etc.; to
   render parallel, as rays of light.
   [1913 Webster]

   Collimating eyepiece, an eyepiece with a diagonal reflector
      for illumination, used to determine the error of
      collimation in a transit instrument by observing the image
      of a cross wire reflected from mercury, and comparing its
      position in the field with that of the same wire seen

   Collimating lens (Optics), a lens used for producing
      parallel rays of light.
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