caliper

or cal·li·per

[kal-uh-per]
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noun

verb (used with object)

to measure with calipers.

verb (used without object)

to use calipers.

Origin of caliper

First recorded in 1580–90; presumably variant of caliber
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British Dictionary definitions for calipers

caliper

noun

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

caliper

n.

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

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calipers in Medicine

caliper

n.

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

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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