Vernier

[vur-nee-er; French ver-nyey]
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British Dictionary definitions for pierre vernier

vernier

noun
  1. a small movable scale running parallel to the main graduated scale in certain measuring instruments, such as theodolites, used to obtain a fractional reading of one of the divisions on the main scale
  2. an auxiliary device for making a fine adjustment to an instrument, usually by means of a fine screw thread
  3. (modifier) relating to or fitted with a verniera vernier scale; a vernier barometer

Word Origin for vernier

C18: named after Paul Vernier (1580–1637), French mathematician, who described the scale
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Word Origin and History for pierre vernier

vernier

n.

1766, device for making precise measurements, from name of inventor, French mathematician Paul Vernier (1580-1637), who described it in a tract published 1631.

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pierre vernier in Science

Vernier

[vĕr-nyā]Pierre 1580-1637
  1. French mathematician and maker of scientific instruments, known especially for his invention of an auxiliary scale (named after him) used for obtaining a highly precise reading of a subdivision of an ordinary scale.
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