calliper

[ kal-uh-per ]
/ ˈkæl ə pər /

noun, verb (used with object)

Definition for calliper (2 of 2)

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.

Origin of caliper

First recorded in 1580–90; presumably variant of caliber
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British Dictionary definitions for calliper (1 of 2)

calliper

US caliper

/ (ˈkælɪpə) /

noun

Also called: calliper compasses (often plural) an instrument for measuring internal or external dimensions, consisting of two steel legs hinged together
Also called: calliper splint med a splint consisting of two metal rods with straps attached, for supporting or exerting tension on the leg

verb

(tr) to measure the dimensions of (an object) with callipers

Word Origin for calliper

C16: variant of calibre

British Dictionary definitions for calliper (2 of 2)

caliper
/ (ˈkælɪpə) /

noun

the usual US spelling of calliper
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Medical definitions for calliper

caliper

n.

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

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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