vernier compass

noun
: a surveyor's compass with a vernier by means of which a compensating adjustment may be made for magnetic variation to enable the reading of the correct bearings directly from the compass

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Survey.
a compass on a transit (vernier transit) having a vernier for adjusting magnetic bearings to read as true bearings.

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  • Vernier compass — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vernier compass — Survey. a compass on a transit (vernier transit) having a vernier for adjusting magnetic bearings to read as true bearings. * * * …   Universalium

  • Vernier — Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier calipers — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier gauge — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier transit — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Vernier Scale —    In 1631 French mathematician Pierre Vernier (1580 1637) published a mathematical treatise showing that a small, movable auxiliary scale could be attached to a larger, graduated scale to obtain finer adjustments. From that beginning developed… …   Dictionary of eponyms

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