slide rule


Definition of slide rule

: a manual device used for calculation that consists in its simple form of a ruler and a movable middle piece which are graduated with similar logarithmic scales

Examples of slide rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Competition to get into Surge is tough – Anandan says the program has now run its slide rule over more than 10,000 potential entrants. David Prosser, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2022 By that time, small electronic calculators became affordable and quickly displaced both the Curta and the slide rule. Dan Falk, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 Rosol took inspiration the school’s shield and the patch its instructors wear, suggesting the colors, the stars, slide rule and orange flash in his scheme. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 This was before computer graphics or computer modeling, when architects and engineers worked on a drafting table with a T-square and slide rule. Stephen Wade, ajc, 25 July 2021 The old slide rule of ‘price versus quality’ has been digitally enhanced, adding new metrics such as transparency, safety and sustainability – which can be loosely grouped under the heading TRUST. Leanne Kemp, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Applying engineering principles to industrial labor, Taylor would roam factory floors, stopwatch and slide rule in hand, looking for ways to shave time off tasks. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 But even without a pocket calculator or slide rule, Cassidy is sensitive to the need for more even-strength production. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 7 Feb. 2021 That was a bit of this stereotype of the Asian with a slide rule. David Marchese, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of slide rule

1663, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slide rule was in 1663

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“Slide rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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