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vernier

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noun ver·ni·er \ˈvər-nē-ər\

Definition of vernier

  1. 1 :  a short scale made to slide along the divisions of a graduated instrument for indicating parts of divisions

  2. 2a :  a small auxiliary device used with a main device to obtain fine adjustmentb :  any of two or more small supplementary rocket engines or gas nozzles on a missile or a rocket vehicle for making fine adjustments in the speed or course or controlling the attitude —called also vernier engine

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Origin and Etymology of vernier

after Pierre Vernier, who described such a scale in 1631


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vernier

adjective ver·ni·er

Definition of vernier

  1. :  having or comprising a vernier

First Known Use of vernier

1788


Vernier

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biographical name Ver·nier \vern-ˈyā, ˈvər-nē-ər\

Definition of Vernier

  1. Pierre circa 1580–1637 French mathematician

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