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caliber (s) (noun), calibers (pl)
1. Someone's mental ability, intelligence, or character: The student's caliber of learning was exceptionally outstanding.
2. The inner diameter of a pipe or a cylinder; especially the barrel of a firearm: A caliber is the measurement of the bore of a gun; usually, expressed in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and typically written as a decimal fraction; such as, .22 or .38 caliber for the size of a bullet.
3. The external size of a projectile: The bullets that Tom used when he was target shooting were .22 calibers or approximately 0.22 of an inch or 5.6 millimeters.
4. In medicine, the broadness or size of any orifice, canal, or tube in the body: The proper caliber of a blood vessel is its diameter and so it is very important for normal blood pressure.
5. Etymology: from Greek kalapous via French calibre, "social standing or importance"; or the oldest literal meaning in English was "the inside diameter of a gun barrel, or a mold for casting bullets".
The extent or degree of an individual's capacity or ability.
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