Definition of caliber
1a : degree of mental capacity or moral quality teachers of high caliberb : degree of excellence or importance the caliber of instruction
2a : the diameter of a bullet or other projectileb : 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
Examples of caliber in a Sentence
I was impressed by the high caliber of the team's work.
musicians of the highest caliber perform at that concert hall
Recent Examples of caliber from the Web
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll calls Colin Kaepernick a starting-caliber NFL quarterback Friday, but the team is not signing him at the moment.
The Timbers have been aiming to sign a new starting-caliber center back ever since Gbenga Arokoyo went down with a season-ending Achilles injury in preseason.
Washington still has a Vezina Trophy-caliber goaltender in Braden Holtby, even though his playoffs were disappointing, and the talent to make the playoffs.
Born in England in 1799, Atkins received a caliber of scientific education that was unusual for women of that time.
What goes unsaid, however, is that as LeBron’s competition within the East has dwindled, the caliber of his Finals opponents has only escalated.
On Jan. 27, 1986, while awaiting retrial, Arthur escaped from the Colbert County jail by shooting a jailer in the neck with a .25 caliber pistol and forcing another jailer to open his cell.
The Armata features a 2A82-1M 125-millimeter smoothbore cannon, a 12.7-millimeter (.50 caliber) machine gun, and a 7.62-millimeter machine gun.
At 8:47 pm, sensors on Clark Street picked up the beats of a large-caliber weapon firing five times.
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Origin and Etymology of caliber
Medieval French calibre, from Old Italian calibro, from Arabic qālib shoemaker's last
First Known Use: 1588
CALIBER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caliber for English Language Learners
: level of excellence, skill, etc.
: a measurement of the width of a bullet or a gun barrel
CALIBER Defined for Kids
Definition of caliber for Students
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
calibre\ˈkal-ə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\play
Medical Definition of caliber
: the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially : the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder
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