What does calibre mean?

calibre meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mainly Brit English spelling of quality (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

calibre meaning in Sports Dictionary

the interior diameter of a gun. In addition accustomed describe the diameter of a bullet. (recreation: Guns and Ammunition)

calibre meaning in General Dictionary

diameter of a tube or gun-barrel

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  • a diploma or level of superiority or worth
  • The diameter of this bore, as a cannon or other firearm, or of every pipe; or perhaps the fat or size of the projectile which a firearm will carry; because, an 8 inch firearm, a 12-pounder, a 44 quality.
  • The diameter of round or cylindrical human anatomy, by a bullet or line.
  • Fig.: capability or compass of mind.

Sentence Examples with the word calibre

The disaster was avowedly due entirely to Varus's incapacity and vanity, and might no doubt have been repaired by leaders of the calibre of Tiberius and Germanicus.

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