Definitions for vernierˈvɜr ni ər, vɛrnˈyeɪ
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ver•ni•erˈvɜr ni ər(n.)
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
an auxiliary device for giving a piece of apparatus a higher adjustment accuracy.
(adj.)equipped with a vernier.
Category: Weights and Measures
Origin of vernier:
1760–70; after P. Vernier
Ver•nierˈvɜr ni ər, vɛrnˈyeɪ(n.)
Pierre, 1580–1637, French mathematician and inventor.
Vernier, Paul Vernier(noun)
French mathematician who described the vernier scale (1580-1637)
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
A secondary scale with finer graduations than the primary scale of a measuring device; the vernier measures between graduations of the larger scale.
Origin: From Pierre Vernier, the inventor.
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