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gunter

[guhn-ter]
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noun Nautical.
  1. 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.
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Origin of gunter

1670–80; named after E. Gunter for its resemblance to an instrument using his principles

Gunter

[guhn-ter]
noun
  1. Edmund,1581–1626, English mathematician and astronomer: inventor of various measuring instruments and scales.
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  • Everything that Dellixy could suggest was provided by Gunter.

    Burlesques

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • “That will depend on your machinery,” said Mr Gunter Scale, chuckling.

    The Three Admirals

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • 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

  • Now, it was the little silver watch which caused all this trouble to Gunter.

    The Young Trawler

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for gunter

Gunter

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