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 for caliper compasses
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compasses \Com"pass*es\, n., pl.
     An instrument for describing circles, measuring figures,
     etc., consisting of two, or (rarely) more, pointed branches,
     or legs, usually joined at the top by a rivet on which they
     move.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The compasses for drawing circles have adjustable pen
           points, pencil points, etc.; those used for measuring
           without adjustable points are generally called
           dividers. See Dividers.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Bow compasses. See Bow-compass.
  
     Caliber compasses, Caliper compasses. See Calipers.
  
     Proportional, Triangular, etc., compasses. See under
        Proportional, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Calipers \Cal"i*pers\, n. pl. [Corrupted from caliber.]
     An instrument, usually resembling a pair of dividers or
     compasses with curved legs, for measuring the diameter or
     thickness of bodies, as of work shaped in a lathe or planer,
     timber, masts, shot, etc.; or the bore of firearms, tubes,
     etc.; -- called also caliper compasses, or caliber
     compasses.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Caliper square, a draughtsman's or mechanic's square,
        having a graduated bar and adjustable jaw or jaws.
        --Knight.
  
     Vernier calipers. See Vernier.
        [1913 Webster]

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