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[guhn-ter] /ˈgʌn tər/
noun, Nautical.
a jib-headed sail fastened to a vertical spar that is attached to a short mast, usually by two rings, in such a way that the spar can slide up the mast to spread the sail.
Origin of gunter
1670-80; named after E. Gunter for its resemblance to an instrument using his principles


[guhn-ter] /ˈgʌn tər/
Edmund, 1581–1626, English mathematician and astronomer: inventor of various measuring instruments and scales. Unabridged
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  • Early in the morning gunter's men came and took possession of the dining-room, turning it completely upside down.

  • Everything that Dellixy could suggest was provided by gunter.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The mathematical works of gunter and Newton, particularly the former, are surprisingly destitute of mathematical symbols.

    William Oughtred Florian Cajori
  • “That will depend on your machinery,” said Mr gunter Scale, chuckling.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • “You shall feel me do it in half a minute, sir,” replied Mr. gunter.

  • Thus taunted, gunter resolved to carry out the bold line of action.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
  • gunter looked at the captain, then at the watch, and hesitated.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for gunter


Edmund. 1581–1626, English mathematician and astronomer, who invented various measuring instruments, including Gunter's chain
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