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vernier caliper Syllabification: ver·ni·er cal·i·per

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of vernier caliper in English:


A linear measuring instrument consisting of a scaled rule with a projecting arm at one end, to which is attached a sliding vernier with a projecting arm that forms a jaw with the other projecting arm.
Example sentences
  • He also describes his most famous invention, that of the vernier caliper, an instrument for accurately measuring length.
  • Thickness of shells, excluding membranes, was measured with vernier calipers to the nearest 0.05 mm.
  • Carapace width of each crab was measured with vernier calipers.
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