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[ kal-uh-ber ]


  1. the diameter of something of circular section, especially that of the inside of a tube:

    a pipe of three-inch caliber.

  2. Ordnance. the diameter of the bore of a gun taken as a unit of measurement.
  3. degree of capacity or competence; ability:

    a mathematician of high caliber.

  4. degree of merit or excellence; quality:

    the high moral caliber of the era.

    Synonyms: distinction, worth

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Other Words From

  • cali·bered especially British, cali·bred adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of caliber1

1560–70; variant of calibre < Middle French Arabic qālib mold, last < Greek kālápous shoe last, equivalent to kāla- combining form of kâlon wood + poús foot ( -pod )

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Example Sentences

He’s that caliber, a fine actor who was dedicated to the craft and wasn’t there for the glamour.

From Ozy

We needed to play against some teams that are high-major caliber, so this is the first time, and we weren’t ready for it.

I attended and was blown away by the caliber of content and people.

From Fortune

To your point, though, it’s a really exhausting sort of assignment to guard someone of the caliber of LeBron or even Butler for a whole game.

Lastly, you need to invest in some common caliber ammunition.

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The caliber at which Sam and the entire crew preformed dubbed them professionals not students.

It was later reported that the weapon was a BB gun that appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol.

Still, the school has gotten more difficult to get into and the caliber of student attending has improved, as a result.

Maintaining the high caliber of guest to which his viewers have become accustomed, Galifianakis welcomes Brad Pitt to the ferns.

When the body of Johnson was exhumed, the medical examiner was acutely chagrined when six .22 caliber rounds were removed from it.

It should be of rather large caliber, and have an opening in the tip and one or two in the side near the tip.

Mr. Wilson handed a small caliber revolver each to Gale and Phyllis.

He merely leaned his shotgun against his thigh, reached around beneath his coat and produced a forty-five caliber revolver.

Even a twenty-two caliber may prove effective at short range.

It is generally understood that men of the largest caliber are in demand as presidents of technical colleges and universities.


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