caliber

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

calibre

Definition of caliber

  1. 1a :  degree of mental capacity or moral quality teachers of high caliberb :  degree of excellence or importance the caliber of instruction

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

Examples of caliber in a Sentence

  1. I was impressed by the high caliber of the team's work.

  2. musicians of the highest caliber perform at that concert hall

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Origin and Etymology of caliber

Medieval French calibre, from Old Italian calibro, from Arabic qālib shoemaker's last

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CALIBER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

caliber

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noun cal·i·ber \ˈka-lə-bər\
variants: or

calibre

\ˈka-lə-bər\

Definition of caliber for Students

  1. 1 :  level of excellence, skill, or importance She is a writer of the highest caliber.

  2. 2 :  the diameter of a bullet or of the hole in the barrel of a gun


Medical Dictionary

caliber

noun cal·i·ber
variants: or chiefly British

calibre

\ˈkal-ə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\play

Medical Definition of caliber

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



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