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calipers

cal·i·per

also cal·li·per  (kăl′ə-pər)
n.
1. often calipers An instrument consisting of two hinged legs, used to measure thickness and distances.
2. A large instrument having a fixed and a movable arm on a graduated stock, used for measuring the diameters of logs and similar objects.
3. A vernier caliper.
4.
a. The assembly housing the brake pads in a disc brake.
b. The assembly in certain bicycle brakes that forces the brake pads against the wheel rim.

[Alteration of caliber.]

cal′i·per v.

caliper

(ˈkælɪpə)
n
(Tools) the usual US spelling of calliper

cal•i•per

art at Caligula

or cal•li•per

(ˈkæl ə pər)
n.
1. Usu., calipers. an instrument for measuring thicknesses and diameters, consisting usu. of a pair of adjustable pivoted legs.
2. a calibrated instrument for measuring thickness or distances between surfaces, usu. having a screwed or sliding adjustable piece.
3. thickness or depth, as of paper or a tree.
4. the part of a disc-brake assembly that presses the brake pads against the disc.
v.t.
5. to measure with calipers.
[1580–90; presumably alter. of caliber]

cal·i·per

(kăl′ə-pər)
An instrument consisting of two curved, hinged legs, used to measure thickness and distance. Often used in the plural as calipers.

caliper


Past participle: calipered
Gerund: calipering

Imperative
caliper
caliper
Present
I caliper
you caliper
he/she/it calipers
we caliper
you caliper
they caliper
Preterite
I calipered
you calipered
he/she/it calipered
we calipered
you calipered
they calipered
Present Continuous
I am calipering
you are calipering
he/she/it is calipering
we are calipering
you are calipering
they are calipering
Present Perfect
I have calipered
you have calipered
he/she/it has calipered
we have calipered
you have calipered
they have calipered
Past Continuous
I was calipering
you were calipering
he/she/it was calipering
we were calipering
you were calipering
they were calipering
Past Perfect
I had calipered
you had calipered
he/she/it had calipered
we had calipered
you had calipered
they had calipered
Future
I will caliper
you will caliper
he/she/it will caliper
we will caliper
you will caliper
they will caliper
Future Perfect
I will have calipered
you will have calipered
he/she/it will have calipered
we will have calipered
you will have calipered
they will have calipered
Future Continuous
I will be calipering
you will be calipering
he/she/it will be calipering
we will be calipering
you will be calipering
they will be calipering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been calipering
you have been calipering
he/she/it has been calipering
we have been calipering
you have been calipering
they have been calipering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been calipering
you will have been calipering
he/she/it will have been calipering
we will have been calipering
you will have been calipering
they will have been calipering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been calipering
you had been calipering
he/she/it had been calipering
we had been calipering
you had been calipering
they had been calipering
Conditional
I would caliper
you would caliper
he/she/it would caliper
we would caliper
you would caliper
they would caliper
Past Conditional
I would have calipered
you would have calipered
he/she/it would have calipered
we would have calipered
you would have calipered
they would have calipered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caliper - an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural)caliper - an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural)
inside caliper - caliper for measuring inside dimensions (the size of a cavity or hole); points on its legs curve outward
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
micrometer caliper, micrometer gauge, micrometer - caliper for measuring small distances
odd-leg caliper - caliper having the points on its legs both curve in the same direction
outside caliper - caliper for measuring outside dimensions; points on its legs curve inward
vernier caliper, vernier micrometer - a caliper with a vernier scale for very fine measurements
Verb1.caliper - measure the diameter of something with calipers
measure, measure out, mensurate - determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of; "Measure the length of the wall"
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