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Meaning of VERNIER

Pronunciation:  'vurneeur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small movable scale that slides along a main scale; the small scale is calibrated to indicate fractional divisions of the main scale
  2. [n]  French mathematician who described the vernier scale (1580-1637)

VERNIER is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: Paul Vernier, vernier scale
 See Also: mathematician, scale



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ver"ni*er\, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre
A short scale made to slide along the divisions of a
graduated instrument, as the limb of a sextant, or the scale
of a barometer, for indicating parts of divisions. It is so
graduated that a certain convenient number of its divisions
are just equal to a certain number, either one less or one
more, of the divisions of the instrument, so that parts of a
division are determined by observing what line on the vernier
coincides with a line on the instrument.

{Vernier calipers}, {Vernier gauge}, a gauge with a graduated
   bar and a sliding jaw bearing a vernier, used for accurate

{Vernier compass}, a surveyor's compass with a vernier for
   the accurate adjustment of the zero point in accordance
   with magnetic variation.

{Vernier transit}, a surveyor's transit instrument with a
   vernier compass.