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caliper

noun cal·i·per \ ˈka-lə-pər \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of caliper

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 (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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Origin and Etymology of caliper

alteration of caliber


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caliper

verb

Definition of caliper

calipered; calipering \-p(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
: to measure by or as if by calipers

First Known Use of caliper

1793


CALIPER Defined for Kids

caliper

noun cal·i·per \ ˈka-lə-pər \

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 Dictionary

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caliper

noun cal·i·per
variants: or chiefly British calliper play \ˈkal-ə-pər\

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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caliper

transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British calliper

medical Definition of caliper

calipered; calipering play \-p(ə-)riŋ\
: to measure by or as if by calipers

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