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  • n. A treatise on laws.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A treatise on laws; an exposition of the form proper for laws.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Exposition of the proper manner of drawing up laws; that part of the art of legislation which has relation to the form given, or proper to be given, to the matter of a law. Bentham, Nomography, or the Art of Inditing Laws.
  • n. In mathematics, the theory of the construction and use of abaci or graphic tables for computation; the theory of the geometric representation of interdependences of variables.

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  • "Nomography, truly a forgotten art, is the graphical representation of mathematical relationships or laws (the Greek word for law is nomos). These graphs are variously called nomograms (the term used here), nomographs, alignment charts, and abacs. This area of practical and theoretical mathematics was invented in 1880 by Philbert Maurice d’Ocagne (1862-1938) and used extensively for many years to provide engineers with fast graphical calculations of complicated formulas to a practical precision."
    -- The Art of Nomography I: Geometric Design

    September 11, 2008