arithmometer

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An instrument for performing multiplication and division.

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  • noun A calculating machine.

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  • noun dated A calculating machine.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek

Examples

  • We have also added a machine known as the arithmometer and two typewriters to our clerical department.

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  • The differences [Delta] D and [Delta] I are thus calculated, while the values of D (v) and I (v) are obtained by summation with the arithmometer, and entered in their respective columns.

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  • On the way in which this is done, however, depends to a great extent the durability and trustworthiness of any arithmometer; in fact, it is often its weakest point.

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  • Check out this Russian model of arithmometer, ominously named "Felix" (after Felix Dzerzhiski, founder of Soviet KGB) It was based on 1914 St. Petersburg's Odner-Hill company device, shown on the bottom, click on image for more -

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  • Check out this Russian model of arithmometer, ominously named "Felix" (after Felix Dzerzhiski, founder of Soviet KGB) It was based on 1914 St. Petersburg's Odner-Hill company device, shown on the bottom, click on image for more -

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  • Generally an arithmometer with multiple cogs and stepped drum mechanism, there is however a lot to disassemble.

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  • Generally an arithmometer with multiple cogs and stepped drum mechanism, there is however a lot to disassemble.

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  • n. obsession with numbers, especially compulsion to count things. arithmometer, armiferous adj. - carrying weapons or arms. adj. - like, pertaining to or composed of rings. armillary sphere, celestial globe composed only of rings marking equator, tropics, etc.

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  • 1820, France. It sounds like a device from a Philip Pullman novel, but it was the first commercially successful mechanical calculator. Thomas de Colmar used the Leibniz Wheel to produce a machine that could add, subtract, multiply and divide. It was in popular use for one hundred years. See Calculating Devices.

    January 27, 2008