Meaning of VERNIER in English


/verr"nee euhr/ , n.

1. Also, vernier 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.


3. equipped with a vernier: a vernier barometer.

[ 1760-70; named after P. VERNIER ]

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