Pronunciation: (vûr'nē-ur), [key]
1. Also,ver'nier scale".a small, movable, graduated scale running parallel to the fixed graduated scale of a sextant, theodolite, barometer, etc., and used for measuring a fractional part of one of the divisions of the fixed scale. See illus. under sextant.
2. Mach.an auxiliary device for giving a piece of apparatus a higher adjustment accuracy.
equipped with a vernier: a vernier barometer.
Pronunciation: (vûr'nē-ur; Fr. ver-nyā'), [key]
Pierre Pronunciation: (pyer), [key] 1580–1637, French mathematician and inventor.
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