• WordNet 3.6
    • n vernier a small movable scale that slides along a main scale; the small scale is calibrated to indicate fractional divisions of the main scale
    • n Vernier French mathematician who described the vernier scale (1580-1637)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vernier 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vernier A small movable scale, running parallel with the fixed scale of a sextant. theodolite, barometer, or other graduated instrument, and used for measuring a fractional part of one of the equal divisions on the graduated fixed scale or arc. It consists, in its simplest form, of a small sliding scale, the divisions of which differ from those of the primary scale. A space is taken equal to an exact number of parts of the primary scale, and is divided into a number of equal parts either greater by 1 or less by 1 than the number that it covers on the primary scale. Fig. 1 represents the vernier of the common barometer for measuring to the hundredth of an inch. The scale is divided into inches and tenths of inches; the small movable scale is the vernier, which consists of a length of eleven parts of the main scale divided into ten equal parts—each part being therefore equal to eleven tenths of a division on the main scale, and the difference between a scale-division and a vernier-division being one hundredth of an inch. To use the vernier, the zero or top line of it is set to coincide with the top of the barometric column, which in the figure stands between 30.1 and 30.2 inches. If the zero of the vernier were set to coincide with 30.1 inches on the scale, the first division would be one hundredth of an inch below 30 on the scale, division 2 two hundredths below 29.9, and so on, division 10 coinciding with 29 inches. Hence, as the vernier is raised its divisions coincide successively with scale-divisions, and the numbers on the vernier correspond to the hundredths it has been raised. In the figure the coincidence is at the seventh vernier-division—that is,the vernier stands seven hundredths of an inch above 30.1, and the height of the mercury is therefore 30.17 inches. Fig. 2 represents part of the limb of a sextant with a vernier. Also called nonius. See also cuts under caliper, square, and transit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vernier ver′ni-ėr a contrivance for measuring very small intervals, consisting of a short scale made to slide along a graduated instrument.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So named after the inventor, Pierre Vernier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
So called from Pierre Vernier (1580-1637) of Brussels, its inventor.


In literature:

Major Vernier, of Pulaski's legion, and twenty-five men, were killed.
"A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion" by William Dobein James
If the instrument is a divided one, the first thing is to learn to read the verniers.
"Decline of Science in England" by Charles Babbage
VERNIER, an art critic who published an article on Fagerolles the artist.
"A Zola Dictionary" by J. G. Patterson
One six-inch semicircular protractor, with Vernier: 3 pounds 3 shillings.
"Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia" by William John Wills
Then your Monsieur Vernier has been making fun of me!
"Parisians in the Country" by Honore de Balzac
Still further refinement may be had by placing a vernier here.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 484, April 11, 1885" by Various
Mouth of God and I were married then by Monsieur Vernier, in the church of his mother.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Vernier at Vouvray in 1831.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
A slide is made to play upon it with a vernier scale, graduated to hundredths of an inch.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
M. Vernier suffered the same fate as Binder.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times

In news:

I put a large magnet on the left of the picture with a smaller magnet taped to a Vernier force probe.
Vernier Software and Technology launched the Connected Science System, which networked educator and student devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Google Chromebooks, and Android devices with LabQuest 2 this June.
Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers' Association are now accepting applications for the annual Vernier /NSTA Technology Awards.
To help educators learn about the various ways to integrate data-collection technology into their laboratory experiments, Vernier Software & Technology is offering free workshops this fall.
The Vernier LabQuest Mini is a data collection tool that interfaces with Logger Pro software.
Vernier adds to their extensive line of data collection solutions with the LabQuest Mini interface.
Vernier throttle quadrant for sim now available.
VR Aircraft has added a new push/pull vernier throttle quadrant to its range of semi-scale, single and twin engine throttle quadrants for personal computer simulators.
Howard County General Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital Depend on Vernier ASP to Protect Patient Records While Offering Latest Network Services.
Two Hospitals Select Vernier Networks' Security Platform to Meet HIPAA Requirements.
To recognize creative teaching using Vernier sensors with National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW ™ software, Vernier Software & Technology is launching an engineering contest for current teachers of engineering or STEM.
We depend on our trusty Vernier Logger Pro software loaded onto notebook computers aboard each boat to collect and analyze the data.
Beginning Monday, Oct 1, the offices will be open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday at 21316 Mack Avenue, just north of Vernier.

In science:

Index Terms—Delay locked loop, time to digital converter, vernier delay line, tomography.
Development of a TDC to equip a Liquid Xenon PET prototype
Electrophysiological corre lates of vernier and relative motion mechanisms in human visual cortex.
Improved Volterra Kernel Methods with Applications to the Visual System
Two-frequency analysis of interactions elicited by Vernier stimuli.
Improved Volterra Kernel Methods with Applications to the Visual System
As the two-way beampattern is the product of the transmitter and the receiver beampatterns, by proper design, grating lobes formed by the transmitter can be suppressed by the receiver and vice versa. A special case is the Vernier array which has periodicities p and p − 1 [148].
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
Stremersch, S., Verniers, I. & Verhoef, P. C. (2007).
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments