Gunter's scale

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After its inventor, the Reverend Edmund Gunter (1581-1626), professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London.


Gunter's scale (plural Gunter's scales)

  1. A wooden rule, two feet long, on one side of which are marked scales of equal parts, of chords, sines, tangents, rhombs, etc., and on the other side scales of logarithms of these various parts, by means of which many problems in surveying and navigation may be solved, mechanically, using only dividers.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Gunter's scale in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)