from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See caliper.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of caliper.

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


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  • 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

  • beauty's measure

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