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caliber

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

Simple Definition of caliber

  • : level of excellence, skill, etc.

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

Full Definition of caliber

  1. 1 a :  degree of mental capacity or moral quality b :  degree of excellence or importance

  2. 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. 3 :  the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially :  the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder

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>



Variants of caliber

or cal·i·bre play \ˈka-lə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\

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


Medical Dictionary

caliber

noun cal·i·ber

Medical Definition of caliber

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



Variants of caliber

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


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