Caliper compasses
Compasses Com"pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster]

Note: The compasses for drawing circles have adjustable pen points, pencil points, etc.; those used for measuring without adjustable points are generally called dividers. See {Dividers}. [1913 Webster]

{Bow compasses}. See {Bow-compass}.

{Caliber compasses}, {Caliper compasses}. See {Calipers}.

{Proportional}, {Triangular}, etc., {compasses}. See under {Proportional}, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • caliper compasses — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compasses — Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The compasses for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compasses — Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The compasses for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caliper square — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caliper — var. of CALLIPER. * * * caliper, compasses see calliper …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bow compasses — Compasses Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caliber compasses — Compasses Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caliber compasses — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proportional — Compasses Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Triangular — Compasses Com pass*es, n., pl. An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures, etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches, or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they move. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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