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caliper

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noun cal·i·per \ˈka-lə-pər\

Simple Definition of caliper

  • : a tool that has two narrow legs which can be adjusted to measure the thickness or width of something

  • callipers : metal devices that are worn to support legs that have been weakened by injury or disease

Full Definition of caliper

  1. 1 a :  any of various measuring instruments having two usually adjustable arms, legs, or jaws used especially to measure diameter or thickness —usually used in plural <a pair of calipers> b :  a device for pressing a frictional material (as a brake pad) against the sides of a rotating wheel or disc

  2. 2 :  thickness especially of paper, cardboard, or a tree

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Origin of caliper

alteration of caliber


First Known Use: 1588


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caliper

verb cal·i·per

Definition of caliper

caliperedcaliper·ing \-p(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to measure by or as if by calipers



1876

First Known Use of caliper

1876


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