caliper

Definitions

Cars & Driving

  • noun a measuring tool with two legs usually mounted in a slide on a measuring bar, for internal and external measurement; some designs allow depth and step measurement as well; the different types include vernier calipers, dial calipers, or digital calipers

Construction

  • An instrument with two hinged legs used to determine the thickness or diameter of objects. See also calliper.

Medical

  • noun an instrument with two legs, used for measuring the width of the pelvic cavity
  • noun an instrument with two sharp points which are put into a fractured bone and weights attached to cause traction
  • noun a leg splint made of rods and straps and usually fastened to the lower leg to enable the hip bone rather than the foot to support the person’s weight when walking

Publishing

  • noun a type of measuring instrument which calculates the thickness of paper
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