Fortin barometer

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Fortin barometer A mercury barometer that requires the accurate setting of the mercury level at a fixed point (scale zero, see fiducial point). The reading of the mercury height is then taken by adjusting a vernier scale to the top of the mercury column. The barometer was invented early in the nineteenth century by Jean Fortin. See also Kew barometer.

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Fortin barometer Mercury barometer that requires the accurate setting of the mercury level at a fixed point (scale zero, see FIDUCIAL POINT). The reading of the mercury height is then taken by adjusting a vernier scale to the top of the mercury column. See also KEW BAROMETER.