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A long heavy wooden pole tossed end over end as a demonstration of strength in Scottish highland games.

[Scottish Gaelic cabar, pole, beam, rafter, from Vulgar Latin *capriō, from Latin capra, she-goat; see chevron.]


(ˈkeɪbə; Scottish ˈkebər)
(Individual Sports, other than specified) Scot a heavy section of trimmed tree trunk thrown in competition at Highland games (tossing the caber)
[C16: from Gaelic cabar pole]


(ˈkeɪ bər)

a pole or beam, esp. one thrown as a trial of strength.
[1505–15; < Scottish Gaelic cabar pole]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caber - a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)caber - a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)
pole - a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic


[keɪbəʳ] N (Scot) → tronco m


n (Scot) → Pfahl m, → Stamm m ? toss
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I rode my wheel more, chiefly because it was permanently out of pawn; and I boxed and fenced, walked on my hands, jumped high and broad, put the shot and tossed the caber, and went swimming.
An English writer beat him a dozen feet at tossing the caber. Jim Hazard beat him in putting the heavy "rock." Mark Hall out-jumped him standing and running.
Soon, the Englishman who had tossed the caber was sparring with the dramatic critic, Hazard and Hall boxed in fantastic burlesque, then, gloves in hand, looked for the next appropriately matched couple.
Despite the release of the jail officers, Caber said the leftist rebels were not off the hook.
Now a grandfather, he explained: "I tried a half caber many years ago- but that's when I was young and strong.
On a previous visit to the track, the former selling plater Toss The Caber, rated 54, and owned by Peter Savill and trained by Keith Reveley, had thrown away his chance by running wide on the bend.
He managed to toss the caber in an upright 12 o'clock position as the prelude to it falling straight onto the ground.
The NPA is using money derived from extortion to finance its armed struggle against government, Caber said.
It left one soldier killed in action (KIA) and five wounded, said Caber.
"The troops from the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10th Infantry Division, were on security patrol when they found (the bombs) ," Caber said.
In his previous race, also at Musselburgh and again subject of a punt, from 6-1 to 9-2, Toss The Caber had appeared fixed on maintaining a straight line in preference to taking the bend, and, as a result, had thrown away his chance.