Definition of Napier's bones

1. Noun. A set of graduated rods formerly used to do multiplication and division by a method invented by John Napier.

Exact synonyms: Napier's Rods
Generic synonyms: Calculating Machine, Calculator
Language type: Plural, Plural Form



Definition of Napier's bones

1. Noun. (arithmetic) A set of numbered rods used for multiplication and division (''see the Wikipedia article for a fuller explanation''). ¹

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Literary usage of Napier's bones

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1. A Biographical Sketch of Sir Isaac Newton by Edmund Fillingham King (1858)
"... (as that known by the name of Napier s Bones,}— methods that are now forgotten, eclipsed as they were by the consummation which has immortalized his ..."

2. The Insurance Cyclopáedia: Being a Dictionary of the Definition of Terms by Cornelius Walford (1871)
"It would appear that all Moreland really did, was to transfer to wheel-work the figures of Napier s bones ; and to have made some additions to the ..."

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