I was impressed by the high caliber of the team's work.
musicians of the highest caliber perform at that concert hall
Recent Examples on the WebThe roster, once top-notch, is now hardly the same caliber as decades past.—Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Of course, getting a player of Messi's caliber to sign didn't come easy, as the Argentine soccer legend was in high demand.—Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, powering the watch is a new caliber, the HMC 500.—Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2023 Even on his debut album, Black was already constructing his case as an artist whose vocal and instrumental capabilities were paralleled by his songwriting caliber.—Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2023 Powering these two gorgeous minute repeaters is Patek’s caliber R27.—Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 Sierra Canyon’s defense is definitely Division 1 caliber, but can the Trailblazers’ offense generate enough points to win?—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Police officers responded to the shooting at about 10 a.m. on Nov. 1 and found about 25 shell casings of two different calibers in the street.—Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 Against the advice of her agents, for instance, Crawford agreed to pose for Playboy in 1988, an unconventional move for a model of her caliber.—Eliza Brooke, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 See More
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borrowed from Middle French calibre "internal diameter of a cylindrical object, displacement of a gun," borrowed (by uncertain mediation) from Arabic qālab, qālib "mold for casting metal, shoemaker's last," borrowed from Greek kalapod-, kalápous, kalópous "shoemaker's last," from kâla (plural) "wood, timber" (of uncertain origin) + -a- (perhaps after tetrápous "four-footed") or -o--o- + poús "foot" — more at foot entry 1