A corruption of caliber.
calipers pl (plural only)
- A device used to measure thickness between two surfaces, especially for small or precise measurements.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524, part 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.
- (Britain) A metal (orthopedic) leg support.
- Synonym: leg braces (US)
device used to measure thickness between two surfaces