- a pair of straightedges connected by two pivoted crosspieces of equal length so as to be parallel at all times, used for various navigational purposes, especially for transferring the bearing of a plotted course to a compass rose.
Origin of parallel rulers
First recorded in 1695–1705
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- engineering a drawing instrument in which two parallel edges are connected so that they remain parallel, although the distance between them can be varied
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