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cal·i·ber

 (kăl′ə-bər)
n.
1.
a. The diameter of the inside of a round cylinder, such as a tube.
b. The diameter of the bore of a firearm, usually shown in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and expressed in writing or print in terms of a decimal fraction: .45 caliber.
c. The diameter of a large projectile, such as an artillery shell, measured in millimeters or in inches.
2. Degree of worth; quality: a school of high caliber; an executive of low caliber.

[French calibre, from Italian calibro, from Arabic qālib, qālab, mold, shoe tree, from Greek kālapous, shoemaker's last : kālon, wood + pous, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

cal•i•ber

(ˈkæl ə bər)

n.
1. the diameter of a circular section, esp. the inside of a tube.
2. the diameter of the bore of a gun taken as a unit of measurement.
3. degree of capacity or competence; ability.
Also, esp. Brit.,cal′i•bre.
[1560–70; variant of calibre < Middle French « Arabic]

caliber

A unit of length used to measure the diameter of a tube or the bore of a firearm, in increments of 1⁄100 in or 1⁄1000.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caliber - a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"
high quality, superiority - the quality of being superior
low quality, inferiority - an inferior quality
degree, level, grade - a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"
2.caliber - diameter of a tube or gun barrel
diam, diameter - the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference

caliber

noun
1. A level of superiority that is usually high:
2. Degree of excellence:
Translations

calibre

(American) caliber (ˈkӕlibə) noun
1. the inner diameter of a gun barrel etc.
2. (of a person) quality of character; ability. a salesman of extremely high calibre.

cal·i·ber

n. calibre, diámetro de un conducto o canal.
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It seems to me if I were young and in love I should never deem a man of ordinary caliber worthy of my devotion.
Men of firmer mental caliber might have found refuge from such a situation as this in an absorbing intellectual pursuit.
The weight of these rifles is comparatively little, and with the small caliber, explosive, radium projectiles which they use, and the great length of the barrel, they are deadly in the extreme and at ranges which would be unthinkable on Earth.
This could not, then, be a military ambuscade, as the ball was not of the regular caliber.
Every scheme of this caliber is completed by its results, like a geometrical calculation.
she would ask, and the absence of any poet or painter or novelist of the true caliber at the present day was a text upon which she liked to ruminate, in a sunset mood of benignant reminiscence, which it would have been hard to disturb had there been need.
Because," said von Schoenvorts in his disagreeable way, "the beast is so large, and its nervous organization of so low a caliber, that it took all this time for the intelligence of death to reach and be impressed upon the minute brain.
The result was pitiful, and the four showed their caliber in the division of the few pounds of food that had been recovered.
He heard words spoken that were meaningless to him, and other words that he had seen only in books and that no man or woman he had known was of large enough mental caliber to pronounce.
You have merely made a few excited and dogmatic assertions about my mental caliber.
I cried to Delcarte not to fire until we reached his side, for I was fearful lest our small caliber, steel-jacketed bullets should, far from killing the beast, tend merely to enrage it still further.
They reverted invariably to gigantic shells and howitzers of unparalleled caliber.