caliper

or cal·li·per

[ kal-uh-per ]
/ ˈkæl ə pər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to measure with calipers.

verb (used without object)

to use calipers.

Nearby words

  1. calimere,
  2. calimocho,
  3. caliorrhaphy,
  4. calipash,
  5. calipee,
  6. caliper rule,
  7. caliph,
  8. caliphal,
  9. caliphate,
  10. calippus

Origin of caliper

First recorded in 1580–90; presumably variant of caliber

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British Dictionary definitions for caliper

caliper

/ (ˈkælɪpə) /

noun

the usual US spelling of calliper
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Word Origin and History for caliper

caliper

n.

1620s, short for calliper compass (1580s), a device used to measure caliber (q.v.). Related: Calipers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for caliper

caliper

n.

An instrument consisting essentially of two curved hinged legs, used to measure thickness and distances.

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Science definitions for caliper

caliper

[ kălə-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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