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.

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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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Medical definitions for caliper

caliper

n.

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