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gunter

Line breaks: gun¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌntə/

Definition of gunter in English:

noun

Sailing
2 (also gunter rig) historical A type of rig in which the topmast slides up and down the lower mast on rings.
Example sentences
  • A spar pivoted round till it is nearly parallel to the mast [think: like a paper fan], creating a triangular sail, is called a gunter rig.
  • It was called the gunter by seamen and was an important step in the development of the slide rule.

Origin

late 18th century: named after E. Gunter (see Gunter's chain).

Derivatives

gunter-rigged

1
adjective

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