Definition of caliper
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 calipersb : 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
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Four-piston Brembo brake calipers peek through 20-inch front and rear wheels.
Since a track-day car that goes like hell and doesn't stop is a car that crashes, Chevy fits huge 15.4-inch (391mm) brake rotors in front with six-piston Brembo calipers that use every millimeter of space inside the 19-inch diameter wheel.
The high-performance braking system brings all that go to a whoa in a hurry, thanks to six-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rears.
Likewise braking is first rate with Jurid performance front brakes and red calipers all around.
Four-wheel disc brakes (11.8-inch front discs or 12.6-inch for the 2.0-liter) are fitted with Duralife rotors with low-drag calipers; rear discs are 11.3-inch on all models.
Sport variants, available in both base and Ti configurations, include paddle shifters, aluminum interior trim and pedals, larger wheels, painted brake calipers (in red, black, or yellow), and gloss-black exterior trim.
The S5's S Sport Package includes thicker roll bars, stiffer springs, red brake calipers, and adaptive suspension.
The massive brake calipers can be had in bright red, orange, blue or yellow, against Dune Twist or Diamond Facet wheels.
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Origin and Etymology of caliper
alteration of caliber
First Known Use: 1581See Words from the same year
Definition of caliper
: to measure by or as if by calipers
First Known Use of caliper
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Definition of caliper for Students
: 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
Medical Definition of caliper
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
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