slide rule

slide rule
noun
analog computer consisting of a handheld instrument used for rapid calculations; have been replaced by pocket calculators
Syn: ↑slipstick
Hypernyms: ↑analog computer, ↑analogue computer

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noun
: an instrument consisting in its simple form of a ruler and a medial slide that are graduated with similar logarithmic scales labeled with the corresponding antilogarithms and used for rapid calculation

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a device for performing mathematical calculations, consisting essentially of a ruler having a sliding piece moving along it, both marked with graduated, usually logarithmic, scales: now largely replaced by the electronic calculator.
[1655-65 for earlier sense; 1875-80 for current sense]

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slide rule noun
A calculating device consisting of two logarithmic graduated scales sliding one against the other (also slidˈing-rule)
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Main Entry:slide

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slide rule UK US noun [countable] [singular slide rule plural slide rules]
a simple piece of equipment like a ruler with a piece in the middle that slides along, used for calculating
Thesaurus: instruments used in mathematics and geometryhyponym

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slide rule,
a rule with a sliding section in the center, both parts marked with logarithmic scales, used for making rapid mathematical calculations.

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n. a ruler with a sliding central strip, marked with logarithmic scales and used for making rapid calculations, esp. multiplication and division

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noun, pl ⋯ rules [count]
: an old-fashioned instrument that is like a ruler with a middle piece that slides back and forth and that is used to do calculations

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ˈslide rule [slide rule slide rules] noun
a long narrow instrument like a ruler, with a middle part that slides backwards and forwards, used for calculating numbers

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Slide rule — n. a thin, flat calculating device consisting of a fixed outer piece and a movable middle piece. Both pieces are graduated in such a way (as, by a logarithmic scale) that multiplication, division, and other mathematical functions of an input var …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slide rule — slide rules N COUNT A slide rule is an instrument that you use for calculating numbers. It looks like a ruler and has a middle part that slides backwards and forwards …   English dictionary

  • slide rule — n an old fashioned instrument used for calculating numbers, that looks like a ruler and has a middle part that slides across …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slide rule — slide ,rule noun count a simple piece of equipment like a RULER with a piece in the middle that slides along, used for calculating …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slide rule — slide′ rule n. math. a mechanical calculator consisting of a ruler with a sliding section, both bearing logarithmic scales • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • slide rule — ► NOUN ▪ a ruler with a sliding central strip, marked with logarithmic scales and used for making rapid calculations …   English terms dictionary

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  • Slide rule — For other uses, see Slide rule (disambiguation). A typical ten inch student slide rule (Pickett N902 T simplex trig). The slide rule, also known colloquially as a slipstick,[1] is a mechanical analog computer. The slide rule is used primarily for …   Wikipedia

  • slide rule — a device for performing mathematical calculations, consisting essentially of a ruler having a sliding piece moving along it, both marked with graduated, usually logarithmic, scales: now largely replaced by the electronic calculator. [1655 65 for… …   Universalium

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