- skip - Brewer’s

Naʹpier’s Bones

.

A method invented by Baron Napier, of Merchiston, for shortening the labour of trignometrical calculations. Certain figures are arranged on little slips of paper or ivory, and simply by shifting these slips the result required is obtained. They are called bones because the baron used bone or ivory rods instead of cardboard.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Names of the Puritans
Nancy
Nancy of the Vale
Nankeen
Nanna
Nannie
Nantes
Nap
Nap (A)
Naphtha
Napier’s Bones
Napoleon III
Napping
Nappy Ale
Naraka
Narcissa
Narcissus (The)
Nardac
Narrow House or Home
Narrowdale Noon (Till)
Narses