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napier

[ney-pee-er] /ˈneɪ pi ər/
noun, Physics.
1.

Napier

[ney-pee-er or for 1–3, nuh-peer] /ˈneɪ pi ər or for 1–3, nəˈpɪər/
noun
1.
Sir Charles James, 1782–1853, British general.
2.
Also, Neper. John, 1550–1617, Scottish mathematician: inventor of logarithms.
3.
Robert Cornelis
[kawr-nee-lis] /kɔrˈni lɪs/ (Show IPA),
(1st Baron Napier of Magdala) 1810–90, English field marshal.
4.
former name of Napier-Hastings.
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  • This remark, when repeated to napier, he said was ample reward for his toils.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • napier thought there was some collusion between the juggler and his retainer.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • napier took the right method of inspiring his men with his own heroic spirit.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • napier will be the sanatorium of that side of the world one of these days.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • I said all this to napier and a lot more besides and left him keener on Salonika than ever.

  • It was Admiral napier who gave me my nomination the other day, sir.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Colonel napier was also taken prisoner, and we are together.

  • Dear napier,—You are probably not unprepared for what I am about to tell you.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • My dear napier,—I am very much obliged to you for the permission to read this.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • This was much to the taste of napier, who was as fond of fighting on land as at sea.

British Dictionary definitions for napier

Napier1

/ˈneɪpɪə/
noun
1.
a port in New Zealand, on E North Island on Hawke Bay: wool trade centre. Pop: 56 100 (2004 est)

Napier2

/ˈneɪpɪə/
noun
1.
Sir Charles James. 1782–1853, British general and colonial administrator: conquered Sind (1843): governor of Sind (1843–47)
2.
John. 1550–1617, Scottish mathematician: invented logarithms and pioneered the decimal notation used today
3.
Robert (Cornelis), 1st Baron Napier of Magdala. 1810–90, British field marshal, who commanded in India during the Sikh Wars (1845, 1848–49) and the Indian Mutiny (1857–59). He captured Magdala (1868) while rescuing British diplomats from Ethiopia
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