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gunter

[guhn-ter] /ˈgʌn tər/
noun, Nautical
1.
a jib-headed sail fastened to a vertical spar that is attached to a short mast, usually by two rings, in such a way that the spar can slide up the mast to spread the sail.
Origin of gunter
1670-1680
1670-80; named after E. Gunter for its resemblance to an instrument using his principles

Gunter

[guhn-ter] /ˈgʌn tər/
noun
1.
Edmund, 1581–1626, English mathematician and astronomer: inventor of various measuring instruments and scales.
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  • Early in the morning gunter's men came and took possession of the dining-room, turning it completely upside down.

  • Everything that Dellixy could suggest was provided by gunter.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The mathematical works of gunter and Newton, particularly the former, are surprisingly destitute of mathematical symbols.

    William Oughtred Florian Cajori
  • “That will depend on your machinery,” said Mr gunter Scale, chuckling.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • “You shall feel me do it in half a minute, sir,” replied Mr. gunter.

  • Thus taunted, gunter resolved to carry out the bold line of action.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
  • gunter looked at the captain, then at the watch, and hesitated.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for gunter

Gunter

/ˈɡʌntə/
noun
1.
Edmund. 1581–1626, English mathematician and astronomer, who invented various measuring instruments, including Gunter's chain
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