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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  • 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

  • calipers — n. instrument that measures thickness or diameter; metal brace (for a deformed leg); thickness, depth; part of the brake system in an automobile v. measure thickness or diameter using calipers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calipers — an instrument used to measure thickness or length of an object, such as structures on a fish, comprising a sliding, graduated scale (vernier) and points or jaws. May record distance or width by means of a vernier, a dial or electronically …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • calipers — An instrument used for measuring diameters. [a corruption of caliber] * * * cal·i·pers (kalґĭ pərz) [from caliber] compasses with bent or curved legs used for measuring the thickness or diameter of a solid …   Medical dictionary

  • calipers — cal|i|pers [ˈkælıpəz US ərz] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: caliber] the American spelling of ↑callipers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • calipers — cal|i|pers [ kælıpərz ] noun plural a tool consisting of two long narrow pieces of metal joined at one end, used for measuring the DIAMETER (=width) of a round object or a tube …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • calipers — noun (plural) the American spelling of callipers …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Calipers, skin — Calipers are instruments used to measure the diameter of an object. (The word "calipers" is a corruption of "caliber"). The skin fold thickness in several parts of the body can be measured with calipers, a metal or plastic… …   Medical dictionary

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