I. noun Etymology: alteration of caliber Date: 1588 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. thickness especially of paper, cardboard, or a tree II. transitive verb (-pered; calipering) Date: 1876 to measure by or as if by calipers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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