Definitions for caliperˈkæl ə pər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cal•i•perˈkæl ə pər(n.)

or cal•li•per

  1. Usu., calipers. an instrument for measuring thicknesses and diameters, consisting usu. of a pair of adjustable pivoted legs.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. a calibrated instrument for measuring thickness or distances between surfaces, usu. having a screwed or sliding adjustable piece.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  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.

    Category: Automotive

  5. (v.t.)to measure with calipers.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Origin of caliper:

1580–90; presumably alter. of caliber

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caliper, calliper(verb)

    an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural)

  2. caliper, calliper(verb)

    measure the diameter of something with calipers


  1. caliper(Noun)

    Uncommon variant of calipers.

  2. caliper(Noun)

    The part of a disc brake that holds the brake pads.


  1. Caliper

    A caliper is a device used to measure the distance between two opposite sides of an object. A caliper can be as simple as a compass with inward or outward-facing points. The tips of the caliper are adjusted to fit across the points to be measured, the caliper is then removed and the distance read by measuring between the tips with a measuring tool, such as a ruler. It is used in many fields such as mechanical engineering, metalworking, woodworking, science and medicine.


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