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Napier, John Napier(noun)
Scottish mathematician who invented logarithms; introduced the use of the decimal point in writing numbers (1550-1617)
for someone who sold table linen, or was in charge of the linen of a great house.
John Napier, Scottish mathematician etc
transferred from the surname.
Any of several cities and towns, but especially Napier, New Zealand.
Napier is a New Zealand city with a seaport, located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island. The population of Napier is about 58,800 as of the June 2012 estimate. About 18 kilometres south of Napier is the inland city of Hastings. These two neighbouring cities are often called "The Twin Cities" or "The Bay Cities" of New Zealand. The total population of the Napier-Hastings urban area is 125,000 people, which makes it the fifth-largest urban area in New Zealand, closely followed by Tauranga, and Dunedin, and trailing the Hamilton urban area. Napier is about 320 kilometres northeast of the capital city of Wellington. Napier has a population smaller than Hastings but is seen as the main centre due to it having both the seaport and the main airport. Napier is the nexus of the largest wool centre in the Southern Hemisphere, and it has the primary export seaport for northeastern New Zealand – which is the largest producer of apples, pears, and stone fruit in New Zealand. Napier has also become an important grape and wine production area, with the grapes grown mostly around Hastings being sent through the Port of Napier for export. Large amounts of sheep's wool, frozen meat, wood pulp, and timber also pass through Napier annually for export. Smaller amounts of these materials are shipped via road and railway to the large metropolitan areas of New Zealand itself, such as Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton.
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