• WordNet 3.6
    • n caliber a degree or grade of excellence or worth "the quality of students has risen","an executive of low caliber"
    • n caliber diameter of a tube or gun barrel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a
    • Caliber Fig.: Capacity or compass of mind.
    • Caliber The diameter of round or cylindrical body, as of a bullet or column.
    • Caliber (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.""A battery composed of three guns of small caliber ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The US Army has a 50 caliber sniper rifle that can shoot through the engine block of a car.
    • n caliber The diameter of a body, especially of the hollow inside of a cylinder: as, the caliber of a piece of ordnance or other firearm. In the United States the caliber of a firearm is expressed in decimal parts of an inch; thus, a rifle of .44-inch caliber (often shortened to “a 44-caliber rifle,” “a 32-caliber pistol,” etc.); of a cannon, either by the diameter of its bore, as a 10-inch gun, or by the weight of a solid round shot which it can carry, as a 12-pounder. In Great Britain the calibers of small arms are commonly expressed in decimal parts of an inch; of field-guns, by the weight of a solid round shot which will fit the bore, as a 6-pounder; of heavy guns, in tons, as a 38-ton gun or a 100-ton gun. In France and in other countries on the continent the caliber is expressed in millimeters or centimeters.
    • n caliber Figuratively, compass or capacity of mind; the extent of one's intellectual endowments.
    • n caliber In horology: The distance between the two plates of a watch which determines the flatness of the movement.
    • n caliber The plate upon which is traced the arrangement of the pieces of a clock; the pattern-plate.
    • caliber In gunnery, to ascertain the caliber of; calibrate. See caliper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caliber the size of the bore of a gun: diameter: intellectual capacity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. qālib, model, mold. Cf. Calipers Calivere
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. calibre, the bore of a gun; prob. L. quā librā, with what weight, or from Ar. qālib, a form.


In literature:

He therefore decided to take along the .30-caliber Savage rifle in addition to the small hand weapon.
"Small World" by William F. Nolan
What business could a detective of his caliber have to do with Bertrand Rockamore?
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
For over an hour and a half artillery of both heavy and light caliber prepared the way for this attack.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Hundreds and thousands of people have minds of this caliber.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Dr. Grosnoff recovered in a manner which showed considerable caliber.
"Disowned" by Victor Endersby
On the rest of the front to the sea the Austrians kept up a bombardment of great intensity with artillery of all calibers.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
We do not know everything and, desperately, we need the aid of a man of your caliber.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
There were cases of a different caliber.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
I guess I made a mistake in ever thinking of trusting a man of your caliber.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
In a man of his peculiar mental caliber it might well seem that there could be no variation to the sum.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Their big-caliber revolvers spat streams of fire in the roadways and bellowed in the dance-halls.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Had he dreamed of the hammer blow of that forty-five caliber bullet?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
They are armed with a spiritual weapon of finest caliber and one that is sure to win.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Would the high caliber of the earlier group of couples be sustained?
"Marriage Enrichment Retreats" by David Mace
Their lessons had been many and vivid; but not a man of them all was of the caliber to learn from a slave.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
This shows what the caliber and mettle of the college teams were in those days.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Almost all artillery is light and small caliber, since movement of heavy equipment is nearly impossible over much of the terrain.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
A heavy caliber slug crashed into the door.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Wanted to know if we needed that caliber rifle to shoot Jersey mosquitoes.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
For weapons they decided upon a 44-caliber repeating rifle and a shotgun, with assorted loads of shells.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock

In news:

With the capability of interchangeable cylinders , users can easily make the switch between two popular calibers in a matter of mere seconds.
" Diamonds of this exceptional caliber have a life and legacy that carries on beyond us all," Graff said after the sale.
I sincerely look forward to working towards realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL running back of the highest caliber.
Olympic Caliber Fencing Makes St Louis Debut.
A rifle using.25 caliber or larger rimfire ammunition.
The mission of the Department of Finance is to provide an environment conducive to faculty research of the highest caliber and to offer nationally recognized instructional programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.
"Having two backs the caliber as we do here, it's a fullback 's dream," Clutts said.
Green lost to Ko, 3 and 1, but it truly was championship-caliber golf.
Gun used was.223-caliber rifle.
The official said that a gun used in the attacks is a.223-caliber rifle.
The Ravens Arms.25 caliber gun was assumed stolen.
Alec Calvert's header with 15:00 to play was the only goal in a postseason caliber regular-season home finale.
Though Hearst Ranch Winery is young, it's generating buzz for the caliber of its wines.
(AP) — Medford police have a new SWAT truck that will stop a.50-caliber bullet.
It's new calibers and improvements in ammunition.

In science:

If correlations are found with such secondary observables, then future high-redshift supernova studies will greatly benefit from the improved calib ration possible from a better understanding of SN Ia properties.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The amplitude is calibrated against a flux calib rator source and corrected for changes in the system temperature (including effects like airmass).
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
At the end of the sector, the electronics of a detector layer are connected to the detector interface module DIF and the AHCAL specific modules for calibration (CALIB) and the power-supply module (POWER).
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The modules CALIB and POWER are realized as mezzanine modules on top of the DIF, while the interface to the first HBU prototype is realized by the final thin flexlead interconnections via the CALIB module.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The AHCAL specific module CALIB is used to control and operate the light calibration system that is based on electrical signal distribution (see below) as well as a charge -injection system that can be used for calibration and debugging as well.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The POWER module provides the supply voltages for the inner-detector electronics as well as for the modules DIF and CALIB, and the MGPD bias voltage.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
On the right hand side of the HBU the interface modules CALIB (for controlling the LED light-calibration system, and for slow-control monitoring of temperature, supply-voltages and -currents) and POWER (for providing all necessary inner detector supply voltages) are visible.
CALICE Second Generation AHCAL Developments
The size of the modules CALIB, POWER and CIB has to be adapted to the final ILC mechanical environment in the next integration step.
CALICE Second Generation AHCAL Developments
The trigger is provided externally by T-calib signal.
Calibration System with Optical Fibers for Calorimeters at Future Linear Collider Experiments
The composite spectrum of J1056+6536 suffers from flux calib ration problems and is not shown in the left panels.
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems
The CIB hosts the power board, the calibration board (Calib) and the detector interface board (DIF) (top to bottom).
Commissioning of the Testbeam Prototype of the CALICE Tile Hadron Calorimeter
Many states do not allow hunting with some service caliber handguns during the general firearms season.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
Figure 1: Acoustic waveform of a .40 caliber bullet hitting a deer.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
The support from the White Sands Missile Range and Wallops Flight Facility NASROC personnel was of the highest caliber.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
More recently, Poovathingal and Gunawan used another global optimization heuristic, the Differential Evolution algorithm . A variational approach for stochastic two-state systems is proposed by Stock and coworkers based on Maximum Caliber , an extension of Jaynes’ Maximum Entropy principle to non-equilibrium systems.
Global parameter identification of stochastic reaction networks from single trajectories