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vernier caliper

noun
1.
a caliper formed of two pieces sliding across one another, one having a graduated scale and the other a vernier.
Also called vernier micrometer.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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vernier-micrometer in Science
vernier caliper
  (vûr'nē-ər)   
A measuring instrument consisting of an L-shaped frame with a linear scale along its longer arm and an L-shaped sliding attachment with a vernier scale, used to read directly the dimension of an object represented by the separation between the inner or outer edges of the two shorter arms.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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