waywiser


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waywiser

(ˈweɪˌwaɪzə)
n
(Historical Terms) a device formerly used for measuring distance travelled by road
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Kampa, Bachelor Pad (Cornwall: Waywiser Press, 2014), p.
Also known as a perambulator, hodometer, or surveyor's wheel, the waywiser is essentially a large wheel and stick that is pushed along the desired route, with a dial attached that measures, accurately, the distance travelled.
Ogilby claimed that 26,600 miles of roads were surveyed in the course of preparing the entire atlas, all on foot using the waywiser, but only about 7,500 were actually depicted in print.
These surveyors were armed only with a perambulator (or waywiser as it was known to contemporaries) to measure distances and a surveyors compass or theodolite to measure changes in direction.
Cody Walker, Shuffle and Breakdown, Waywiser P, 2009.
When featuring on old pieces of equipment like measuring tools and implements, they encourage further study by the enlightened, or at least they did when a Georgian Waywiser sold at Bonhams for pounds 1,200.
Germs: A Memoir of Childhood Richard Wollheim The Waywiser Press, 13.
His third book, The Sleep of Reason, is forthcoming from Waywiser Press.
JEFFREY HARRISON is the author of four full-length books of poems--most recently Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was runner-up for the Poets' Prize in 2008--as well as of The Names of Things (2006), published by the Waywiser Press in the U.
Henry Prize anthology for 2010, and his fifth book of verse, A Few of Her Secrets, was published this year by Waywiser Press.