Vernier calipers
Calipers Cal"i*pers, n. pl. [Corrupted from caliber.] An instrument, usually resembling a pair of dividers or compasses with curved legs, for measuring the diameter or thickness of bodies, as of work shaped in a lathe or planer, timber, masts, shot, etc.; or the bore of firearms, tubes, etc.; -- called also {caliper compasses}, or {caliber compasses}. [1913 Webster]

{Caliper square}, a draughtsman's or mechanic's square, having a graduated bar and adjustable jaw or jaws. --Knight.

{Vernier calipers}. See {Vernier}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Vernier calipers — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre Vernier.] A short scale made to slide along the divisions of a graduated instrument, as the limb of a sextant, or the scale of a barometer, for indicating parts of divisions. It is so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calipers — Cal i*pers, n. pl. [Corrupted from caliber.] An instrument, usually resembling a pair of dividers or compasses with curved legs, for measuring the diameter or thickness of bodies, as of work shaped in a lathe or planer, timber, masts, shot, etc.; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier — Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre Vernier.] A short scale made to slide along the divisions of a graduated instrument, as the limb of a sextant, or the scale of a barometer, for indicating parts of divisions. It is so graduated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier compass — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre Vernier.] A short scale made to slide along the divisions of a graduated instrument, as the limb of a sextant, or the scale of a barometer, for indicating parts of divisions. It is so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier gauge — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre Vernier.] A short scale made to slide along the divisions of a graduated instrument, as the limb of a sextant, or the scale of a barometer, for indicating parts of divisions. It is so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vernier transit — Vernier Ver ni*er, n. [So named after the inventor, Pierre Vernier.] A short scale made to slide along the divisions of a graduated instrument, as the limb of a sextant, or the scale of a barometer, for indicating parts of divisions. It is so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vernier caliper — a caliper formed of two pieces sliding across one another, one having a graduated scale and the other a vernier. Also called vernier micrometer. [1875 80] * * * ▪ measurement instrument       instrument for making very accurate linear… …   Universalium

  • Vernier throttle — A vernier throttle is a throttle often used in aircraft. It uses a cable and a screw mechanism to provide the operator precise control over an engine s operation. The concept is similar in use to vernier calipers which have a primary operation… …   Wikipedia

  • Vernier Scale —    In 1631 French mathematician Pierre Vernier (1580 1637) published a mathematical treatise showing that a small, movable auxiliary scale could be attached to a larger, graduated scale to obtain finer adjustments. From that beginning developed… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • calipers — noun /ˈkæl.ɪ.pəz,ˈkæl.ɨ.pɚz/ A device used to measure thickness between two surfaces, especially for small or precise measurements. Good, good for there, he mumbled, and then with a certain eagerness asked me whether I would let him measure my… …   Wiktionary

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