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caliper

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noun cal·i·per \ˈka-lə-pər\

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 and Etymology of caliper

alteration of caliber


First Known Use: 1588


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caliper

verb cal·i·per

Definition of caliper

calipered

calipering

\-p(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to measure by or as if by calipers

1876

First Known Use of caliper

1876


CALIPER Defined for English Language Learners

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noun cal·i·per \ˈka-lə-pər\

Definition of caliper for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CALIPER Defined for Kids

caliper

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noun cal·i·per \ˈka-lə-pər\

Definition of caliper for Students

  1. :  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

Medical Definition of caliper

  1. 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>

  2. 2:  caliper splint

Variants of caliper

or chiefly British

calliper

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caliper

transitive verb cal·i·per

Medical Definition of caliper

calipered

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calipering

\-p(ə-)riŋ\play
  1. :  to measure by or as if by calipers

Variants of caliper

or chiefly British

calliper


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