# slide rule

noun
1.
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.
Origin of slide rule
1655-1665
1655-65 for earlier sense; 1875-80 for current sense
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Historical Examples
• Seaton threw down the papers and picked up his slide-rule, a twenty-inch trigonometrical duplex.

Edward Elmer Smith
• The slide-rule (see Calculating Machines) is a simple apparatus for the mechanical application of the methods of logarithms.

• This was a little rocket canister which had just enough poof, the slide-rule boys had said, to stop the rotation of the bird.

John Berryman
• I watched him copy the indicated figures, surround them with formulas, and solve mysterious problems with a slide-rule.

• Hoskins, there, he's going to be a slide-rule, jus' you wait and see.

James E. Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for slide-rule

## slide rule

noun (obsolete)
1.
a mechanical calculating device consisting of two strips, one sliding along a central groove in the other, each strip graduated in two or more logarithmic scales of numbers, trigonometric functions, etc. It employs the same principles as logarithm tables
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Word Origin and History for slide-rule
n.

also slide rule, mathematical calculating tool, 1838, from slide (v.) + rule (n.). So called for its method of operation. Earlier sliding-rule (1660s).

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