from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of caliper.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of caliper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See caliper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural)
  • v. measure the diameter of something with calipers


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  • beauty's measure

    December 4, 2010

  • Her grief was a calliper, necessary and supporting; she could not imagine walking without it.

    —Julian Barnes, 'Evermore', in Cross Channel

    This use of the word puzzled me. It is a figurative use of OED sense 4, new to me: A metal support for a broken or diseased leg. Also calliper splint.

    July 9, 2008