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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quality, caliber, calibrenoun

    a degree or grade of excellence or worth

    "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"

  2. bore, gauge, caliber, calibrenoun

    diameter of a tube or gun barrel

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Calibernoun

    The bore; the diameter of the barrel of a gun; the diameter of a bullet.

    Etymology: calibre, Fr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calibernoun

    alt. of Calibre

Freebase

  1. Caliber

    In guns, particularly firearms, caliber or calibre is the approximate internal diameter of the barrel, or the diameter of the projectile it fires. In a rifled barrel, the distance is measured between opposing lands or grooves; groove measurements are common in cartridge designations originating in the United States, while land measurements are more common elsewhere. Good performance requires that a bullet closely match the groove diameter of a barrel to ensure a good seal. When the barrel diameter is given in inches, the abbreviation "cal" is used in place of "inches." For example, a small bore rifle with a diameter of 0.22 inch is a .22 cal; however, the decimal point is generally dropped when spoken, making it "twenty-two caliber" or a "two-two caliber". Calibers of firearms can be referred to in millimeters, as in a "caliber of eighty-eight millimeters" or "a hundred and five-millimeter caliber gun". While modern cartridges and cartridge firearms are generally referred to by the cartridge name, they are still lumped together based on bore diameter. For example, a firearm might be described as a .30 caliber rifle, which could be any of a wide range of cartridges using a roughly .30 inch projectile; or a ".22 rimfire", referring to any rimfire cartridge using a .22 caliber projectile.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. caliber

    The diameter of the bore of a gun, cannon, shot, or bullet. A ship's caliber means the known weight her armament represents.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. caliber

    From the Latin qua librâ, “what pound,” applied first to the weight of a bullet, then to the diameter, which determined the diameter of the gun, now signifies the diameter of the bore of a cannon or any fire-arm, and is expressed in inches or fractional parts of an inch, as a 15-inch gun; a Springfield rifle, caliber .45. Cannon are sometimes also designated by the weight of metal which they throw, as a 24-pounder.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caliber in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caliber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of caliber in a Sentence

  1. Melody Truong:

    I'm still in a state of shock about the situation, actually, i never expected any of this to happen. I've always looked up to John Green as a role model. I know that if this happened to me with another person or company, nothing of this caliber would have occurred. He is the prime example of a wonderful person.

  2. Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan:

    The gun used in this incident was a 40-caliber pistol. It had an extended magazine, we know Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan fired at least 20 rounds because we found the shell casings.

  3. Chuck Fleischmann:

    I remember hearing a different caliber of weapon being fired back.

  4. George Fraser:

    Their performance could lead you to say that you miscalculated how good the Russian army is, but I’d be cautious in that assessment as they have many units left in Russia that may be of higher caliber in reserve for the possibility of a confrontation with NATO were it to happen; but there a lot of things about how they are executing in Ukraine that are not adding up, i think it’s just miscalculations on everybody’s part about everything.

  5. Francois De La Rochefoucauld:

    Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.

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