caliper

noun
cal·​i·​per | \ ˈka-lə-pər How to pronounce caliper (audio) \

Definition of caliper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 (such as a brake pad) against the sides of a rotating wheel or disc
2 : thickness especially of paper, cardboard, or a tree

caliper

verb
calipered; calipering\ ˈka-​lə-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce caliper (audio) \

Definition of caliper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to measure by or as if by calipers

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Noun

caliper 1a

In the meaning defined above

Examples of caliper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hydraulic caliper tie bar support fasteners on the steer axles may not have been properly tightened or the tie bar may have not been installed in some cases. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for January 14-21," 22 Jan. 2021 In March 2019, city staff approved the preservation of just 9 percent of significant trees on the site, allowing the developer to remove more than 6,600 caliper inches. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "‘Everything was there and then it wasn’t’: Developers allowed to skirt tree ordinance," 21 Jan. 2021 As a result, water entering the rear brake caliper boot may cause the parking brake operating shafts to corrode and possibly bind. USA TODAY, "Car recalls for December 3-10," 11 Dec. 2020 As a result, water entering the rear brake caliper boot may cause the parking brake operating shafts to corrode and possibly bind. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for Dec. 3-10: More than 400K vehicles from Kia, Hyundai recalled," 11 Dec. 2020 Any out-of-sequence moves here can suck air into the caliper. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way," 8 Oct. 2020 Front is a single 310 mm disc with a twin-piston floating caliper, rear is a single 255 mm disc, twin-piston. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Triumph’s big win," 11 Oct. 2020 Clean the area on the piston and caliper where the brake pad backing plate touches. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 1 Oct. 2020 These fit between the pad and the brake caliper's hydraulic piston. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Standard Tornado Red calipers signal to the 99.999999 percent that this is indeed the V-8 trim. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "SUV-8: Bentley Bentayga Gets a 542-HP Twin-Turbo Eight-Cylinder," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of caliper

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caliper

Noun

alteration of caliber

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The first known use of caliper was in 1581

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21 Feb 2021

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“Caliper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caliper. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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caliper

noun
cal·​i·​per | \ ˈka-lə-pər How to pronounce caliper (audio) \

Kids Definition of caliper

: an instrument with two adjustable legs used to measure the thickness of objects or the distance between surfaces usually used in pl. a pair of calipers

caliper

noun
cal·​i·​per
variants: or chiefly British calliper \ ˈkal-​ə-​pər How to pronounce caliper (audio) \

Medical Definition of caliper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various measuring instruments having two usually adjustable arms, legs, or jaws used to measure thickness, diameter, and distance between surfaces usually used in plural a pair of calipers

caliper

transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British calliper
calipered; calipering\ -​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce caliper (audio) \

Medical Definition of caliper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to measure by or as if by calipers

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