The Ten Books on Architecture, 8.5.2

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Gwilt translation

2But if the wind obstructs the operation, and the lines are put in motion, so that one cannot judge by them, let a channel be cut on the top of the rod five feet long, one inch wide, and half an inch high, and let water be poured into it; if the water touch each extremity of the channel equally, it is known to be level. When the chorobates is thus adjusted level, the declivity may be ascertained.

Morgan translation

2But if the wind interposes, and constant motion prevents any definite indication by the lines, then have a groove on the upper side, five feet long, one digit wide, and a digit and a half deep, and pour water into it. If the water comes up uniformly to the rims of the groove, it will be known that the instrument is level. When the level is thus found by means of the chorobates, the amount of fall will also be known.