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 calipering (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

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Inadequate development at the manufacturer that leaves brake systems prone to noise can usually be overcome by a Saturday mechanic without totally re-engineering the caliper/mount/pad/disc system. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 14 Mar. 2019 Brembo developed a special brake caliper for the project simply because the company wanted to. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 One notable win came from lightweight brake rotors and calipers. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 For brakes, the LiveWire will have Brembo Monoblock front calipers on dual 300mm discs, with antilock braking and traction control standard. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Goes Public," 6 Nov. 2018 My specific Performance 3 loaner car had the $5,000 Performance Upgrade package: 20-inch wheels, a carbon fiber spoiler, and bigger brakes with the calipers painted red. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "My 72 Hours With the Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition," 13 Sep. 2018 For instance, cold forging is used for three-dimensional objects such as brake calipers, while hot closed-die forging, where the metal is heated and then injected into a form, is best for complicated shapes such as brake levers. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Shimano Unveils New XTR 9100 Components," 29 May 2018 But there were many weight-saving tricks applied, such as using advanced high strength steel in more than half of the structure with aluminum for the hood, tailgate, brake calipers and many suspension pieces. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The GranLusso trim goes in a more luxurious direction, with ventilated front seats, wood trim, and black calipers. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018

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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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 calliper (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 calipering (audio) \

Medical Definition of caliper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to measure by or as if by calipers

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