Calipers



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

Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II Joshua Rose
Measuring Tools Unknown
Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II Joshua Rose
King Spruce, A Novel Holman Day
Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II Joshua Rose
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The Young Wireless Operator–As a Fire Patrol Lewis E. Theiss

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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