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subcaliber

[ suhb-kal-uh-ber ]
/ sʌbˈkæl ə bər /
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adjective

noting or pertaining to ammunition of smaller caliber than the gun in which it is used.

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Origin of subcaliber

First recorded in 1860–65; sub- + caliber
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  • But he saw that Sydenham was no target for him, save in a sort of subcaliber practice.

    Ewing\'s Lady|Harry Leon Wilson
  • Companies which cannot have subcaliber practice at home station have only one-half the annual subcaliber allowance.

    The Gunner's Examiner|Harold E. Cloke
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