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noun Physics.
  1. neper.
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[ney-pee-er or for 1–3, nuh-peer]
  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/, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, 1810–90, English field marshal.
  4. former name of Napier-Hastings.
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Historical Examples

  • Napier thought there was some collusion between the juggler and his retainer.


    Samuel Smiles

  • This remark, when repeated to Napier, he said was ample reward for his toils.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Napier took the right method of inspiring his men with his own heroic spirit.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Napier will be the sanatorium of that side of the world one of these days.


    David Christie Murray

  • I said all this to Napier and a lot more besides and left him keener on Salonika than ever.

British Dictionary definitions for napier


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