- Usually calipers. an instrument for measuring thicknesses and internal or external diameters inaccessible to a scale, consisting usually of a pair of adjustable pivoted legs.
- any of various calibrated instruments for measuring thicknesses or distances between surfaces, usually having a screwed or sliding adjustable piece.Compare vernier caliper.
- thickness or depth, as of paper or a tree.
- Usually calipers. the pincers of an earwig.
- Automotive. the part of a disc-brake assembly that straddles the disc and presses the brake pads against it.
- a similar part used with a hand brake on a bicycle.
- to measure with calipers.
- to use calipers.
Origin of caliper
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Historical Examples of calliper
Yes, and Mrs. Calliper meant to dry them all and sell them, and buy some things for Dot and Molly and the baby.
Mrs. Calliper would not let any of the children go, but she put down Dot to carry the baby.
Mrs. Calliper and the children heard the guns go off pretty quickly after that—bang!
- 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
- (tr) to measure the dimensions of (an object) with callipers
Word Origin for calliper
- the usual US spelling of calliper
Word Origin and History for calliper
variant of caliper. Related: Callipers.
1620s, short for calliper compass (1580s), a device used to measure caliber (q.v.). Related: Calipers.
- An instrument consisting essentially of two curved hinged legs, used to measure thickness and distances.
- An instrument consisting of two curved legs connected at a hinge, used to measure thickness and distance. Often used in the plural as calipers.