- any of various devices for measuring minute distances, angles, etc., as in connection with a telescope or microscope.
- Also called mike. micrometer caliper. a precision instrument with a spindle moved by a finely threaded screw, for the measurement of thicknesses and short lengths, commonly used by machinists for turning shafts or boring holes.
Also especially British, mi·crom·e·tre.
Origin of micrometer1
Origin of micrometer2
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Gascoigne overcame this difficulty by his invention of the micrometer.The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'
Its use is to act as a micrometer or measurer of small distances.Pioneers of Science
The micrometer and barrel may be procured from any of the manufacturers of measuring instruments.
For this half inch it is threaded on the inside and acts as a micrometer nut.
The micrometer may be used in combination with a 4-, 6-, 9-, or 12-inch scale.
- any of various instruments or devices for the accurate measurement of distances or angles
- Also called: micrometer gauge, micrometer calliper a type of gauge for the accurate measurement of small distances, thicknesses, diameters, etc. The gap between its measuring faces is adjusted by a fine screw, the rotation of the screw giving a sensitive measure of the distance moved by the face
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Word Origin and History for micrometer
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- A device for measuring very small distances, angles, or objects, especially one based on the rotation of a finely threaded screw, as in relation to a microscope.
- A unit of length in the metric system equal to one millionth (10-6) of a meter. Also called micron
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