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Cal

Cal

[kal] /kæl/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Calvin.

cal.

1.
2.
3.
calorie (def 1a).

Cal.

Ripken

[rip-kuh n] /ˈrɪp kən/
noun
1.
Calvin Edward, Jr ("Cal"; "Iron Man") born 1960, U.S. baseball player.
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  • "It's a cinch he don't know about that pill-thrower back in Ohio," added cal.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • There were cal and Weary, they had girls who loved them—and they were sure welcome to them.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Well, I cal'late that depends some on what dictionary you hunt up the word in.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Kenelm was some took by surprise and his wits was in the next county, I cal'late.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I cal'lated I could run a boardin'-house if I couldn't do anything else.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for cal

CAL

abbreviation
1.
computer-aided (or -assisted) learning

cal.

abbreviation
1.
calendar
2.
calibre
3.
calorie (small)

Cal.

abbreviation
1.
Calorie (large)
2.
California
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cal in Medicine

cal abbr.
mean calorie; small calorie

Cal abbr.
large calorie

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