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  • "GUNTER'S-Line, called also the Line of Lines and Line of Numbers, is a graduated line, usually placed upon scales, rules, sectors, &c. and is of great use in navigation.

    "This line is no other than a logarithmic scale of proportionals, wherein the distance between each division is equal to the number of mean proportionals contained between the two terms, in such parts as the distance between 1 and 10 is 10,000, &c. wherefore, if the distance between 1 and 10 upon the scale be made equal to 10,000, &c. equal parts, and 954, &c. the logarithm of 9 of the same parts be set off from 1 to 9, it will give the division standing against the number 9....

    "It was first placed by its inventor, Mr. Edmund Gunter, on a two-foot scale, and called Gunter's Scale...."

    And so forth.

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 181–182

    October 14, 2008