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caliber

noun cal·i·ber \ˈka-lə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\

: level of excellence, skill, etc.

: a measurement of the width of a bullet or a gun barrel

Full Definition of CALIBER

1
a :  degree of mental capacity or moral quality
b :  degree of excellence or importance
2
a :  the diameter of a bullet or other projectile
b :  the diameter of a bore of a gun usually expressed in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and typically written as a decimal fraction <.32 caliber>
3
:  the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially :  the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder

Variants of CALIBER

cal·i·ber or cal·i·bre \ˈka-lə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\
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Examples of CALIBER

  1. I was impressed by the high caliber of the team's work.
  2. <musicians of the highest caliber perform at that concert hall>

Origin of CALIBER

Middle French calibre, from Old Italian calibro, from Arabic qālib shoemaker's last
First Known Use: 1567

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

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CALIBER Defined for Kids

caliber

noun cal·i·ber \ˈka-lə-bər\

Definition of CALIBER for Kids

1
:  level of excellence, skill, or importance <She is a writer of the highest caliber.>
2
:  the diameter of a bullet or of the hole in the barrel of a gun

Variants of CALIBER

cal·i·ber or cal·i·bre \ˈka-lə-bər\
Medical Dictionary

caliber

noun cal·i·ber

Medical Definition of CALIBER

:  the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially :  the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder

Variants of CALIBER

cal·i·ber or chiefly British cal·i·bre \ˈkal-ə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\

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