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left to right: spring and inside
cal·i·peralso cal·li·per (kăl′ə-pər)
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.
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.]
(Tools) the usual US spelling of calliper
art at Caligula
or cal•li•per(ˈkæl ə pər)
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]
An instrument consisting of two curved, hinged legs, used to measure thickness and distance. Often used in the plural as calipers.
Past participle: calipered
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|Noun||1.||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
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
|Verb||1.||caliper - measure the diameter of something with calipers|