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Calipers

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EtymologyEdit

A corruption of caliber.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkæl.ɪ.pəz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkæl.ɨ.pɚz/
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calipers pl (plural only)

  1. A device used to measure thickness between two surfaces, especially for small or precise measurements.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section I,
      "Good, good for there," he mumbled, and then with a certain eagerness asked me whether I would let him measure my head. Rather surprised, I said Yes, when he produced a thing like calipers and got the dimensions back and front and every way, taking notes carefully.
  2. (UK) A metal (orthopedic) leg support, US: leg braces.

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