Definitions for vernierˈvɜr ni ər, vɛrnˈyeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•ni•erˈvɜr ni ər(n.)

  1. Also, ver′nier scale`. a small, movable, graduated scale running parallel to the fixed graduated scale of a sextant, theodolite, etc., and used for measuring a fractional part of one of the divisions of the fixed scale.

    Category: Surveying, Weights and Measures

  2. an auxiliary device for giving a piece of apparatus a higher adjustment accuracy.

    Category: Machinery

  3. (adj.)equipped with a vernier.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Origin of vernier:

1760–70; after P. Vernier

Ver•nierˈvɜr ni ər, vɛrnˈyeɪ(n.)

  1. Pierre, 1580–1637, French mathematician and inventor.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vernier, Paul Vernier(noun)

    French mathematician who described the vernier scale (1580-1637)

  2. vernier scale, vernier(noun)

    a small movable scale that slides along a main scale; the small scale is calibrated to indicate fractional divisions of the main scale


  1. vernier(Noun)

    A secondary scale with finer graduations than the primary scale of a measuring device; the vernier measures between graduations of the larger scale.

  2. Origin: From Pierre Vernier, the inventor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vernier(noun)

    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


  1. Vernier

    Vernier is a municipality in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It is divided into different sections: Vernier Village, Le Lignon, Aïre, Les Avanchets, Cointrin and Châtelaine.

Anagrams of vernier

  1. nervier, verrine


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