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slipstick

slang A slide rule, a mechanical computational device consisting of two scaled rules that slide along grooves in one, formerly used to complete complex mathematical computations. Primarily heard in US. Our teacher insisted on us using slipsticks to calculate everything, even though he knows full well we'll never use one in the real world.

slipstick

n. a slide rule. (Very common a few decades ago, a slide rule is a computing device that allowed the user to compute by positioning moveable scales printed on various sliding parts of the rule.) Who carries a slipstick these days?
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When high school started, I called it my "slipstick", with easy familiarity, and could make it sit up and beg.
Employing a second cylinder for movement is said to allow precise velocity control, eliminating the "slipstick" effect at low speeds.
Three possible explanations for the behavior described above are that the CCNT undergoes (1) postbuckling, a deformation of the wall structure of the nanotube [39], (2) higher order buckling that deforms the helical structure of the nanocoil, or (3) movement across the substrate by slipstick motion [40].
In the literature, melt fracture is usually classified into three separate types: surface melt fracture (SMF) also called sharkskin, slipstick fracture (SSF), and gross melt fracture (GMF) (1), (2).
Triple/S Dynamics created a Slipstick Conveyor with a patented system for breaking up compacted dry materials--the Slipstick Break-Free Conveyor.
By 1970 every math and engineering student had a slide rule, and by 1980 "slipsticks" were replaced by calculators and personal computers.