Caliper



Usually, calipers. an instrument for measuring thicknesses and internal or external diameters inaccessible to a scale, consisting usually of a pair of adjustable pivoted legs.
any of various calibrated instruments for measuring thicknesses or distances between surfaces, usually having a screwed or sliding adjustable piece.
Compare vernier caliper.
thickness or depth, as of paper or a tree.
Usually, calipers. the pincers of an earwig.
Automotive. the part of a disc-brake assembly that straddles the disc and presses the brake pads against it.
a similar part used with a hand brake on a bicycle.
to measure with calipers.
to use calipers.
Historical Examples

A Course In Wood Turning Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
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A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing Bernard D. Bolas
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
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Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick

noun
the usual US spelling of calliper
n.
caliper
(kāl’ə-pər)

An instrument consisting of two curved legs connected at a hinge, used to measure thickness and distance. Often used in the plural as calipers.

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