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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Caliber \Cal"i*ber\, Calibre \Cal"ibre\, noun [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}.]

1. (Gunnery) The diameter of the bore, as a cannon or other firearm, or of any tube; or the weight or size of the projectile which a firearm will carry; as, an 8 inch gun, a 12-pounder, a 44 caliber.

The caliber of empty tubes. --Reid.

A battery composed of three guns of small caliber. --Prescott.

Note: The caliber of firearms is expressed in various ways. Cannon are often designated by the weight of a solid spherical shot that will fit the bore; as, a 12-pounder; pieces of ordnance that project shell or hollow shot are designated by the diameter of their bore; as, a 12 inch mortar or a 14 inch shell gun; small arms are designated by hundredths of an inch expressed decimally; as, a rifle of .44 inch caliber.

2. The diameter of round or cylindrical body, as of a bullet or column.

3. Fig.: Capacity or compass of mind. --Burke.

{Caliber compasses}. See {Calipers}.

{Caliber rule}, a gunner's calipers, an instrument having two scales arranged to determine a ball's weight from its diameter, and conversely.

{A ship's caliber}, the weight of her armament.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

caliber

noun

1: a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber" [syn: {quality}, {caliber}, {calibre}]

2: diameter of a tube or gun barrel [syn: {bore}, {gauge}, {caliber}, {calibre}]


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