caliber
or calibre noun Etymology: Middle French calibre, from Old Italian calibro, from Arabic qālib shoemaker's last Date: 1567 1. a. degree of mental capacity or moral quality b. degree of excellence or importance 2. a. the diameter of a bullet or other projectile b. the diameter of a bore of a gun usually expressed in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and typically written as a decimal fraction <
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3. the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Caliber — Cal i*ber, Calibre Cal ibre, n. [F. calibre, perh. fr. L. qualibra of what pound, of what weight; hence, of what size, applied first to a ball or bullet; cf. also Ar. q[=a]lib model, mold. Cf. {Calipers}, {Calivere}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Gunnery)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caliber — Beschreibung Fachzeitschrift für Schußwaffen und Waffentechnik Sprache deutsch Verlag VS Medien Erstausgabe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • caliber — [n1] capacity; character ability, appetency, capability, competence, constitution, dignity, distinction, endowment, essence, faculty, force, gifts, habilitation, merit, nature, parts, power, quality, scope, stature, strength, talent, value,… …   New thesaurus

  • caliber — I (measurement) noun amount, amplitude, area, breadth, broad gauge, broadness, compass, cross dimension, cross measurement, degree, diameter, diameter of a cylindrical body, dimensions, expanse, extent, full size, gauge, girth, grade, magnitude,… …   Law dictionary

  • caliber — 1560s, degree of merit or importance, from M.Fr. calibre (late 15c.), apparently ultimately from Arabic qalib a mold for casting. Arabic also used the word in the sense mold for casting bullets, which is the original literal meaning in English,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • caliber — *quality, stature Analogous words: capability, capacity, *ability: force, *power …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • caliber — [kal′ə bər] n. [Fr & Sp, ult. < Ar qālib, a mold, last, < Aram < Gr kalopodion, shoemaker s last, lit., little wooden foot < kalon, wood + pous (gen. podos), FOOT] 1. the size of a bullet or shell as measured by its diameter 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Caliber — The term caliber or calibre designates the interior diameter of a tube or the exterior diameter of a wire or rod. It comes from the French calibre , itself from qālib (قالب), Arabic word for mold , itself from kalamoys , Greek word for wooden… …   Wikipedia

  • caliber — (cal)    1. a unit used to express the bore of a gun. (The bore is the inside diameter of the gun barrel.) Traditionally, the diameter was stated in inches, so that .22 caliber referred to a pistol having a bore of 0.22 inches (5.588 mm). This… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • caliber — n. diameter of the barrel of a weapon 1) heavy; light caliber quality 2) high; low caliber 3) of a certain caliber (there are few workers left of her caliber) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • caliber — calibered; esp. Brit., calibred, adj. /kal euh beuhr/, n. 1. the diameter of something of circular section, esp. that of the inside of a tube: a pipe of three inch caliber. 2. Ordn. the diameter of the bore of a gun taken as a unit of measurement …   Universalium

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