how to pronounce caliber


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caliber is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of caliber in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… large caliber guns who spoke …”

meanings of caliber


  1. Relative size, importance, magnitude.
  2. Diameter of the bore of a firearm, typically measured between opposite lands.
  3. Unit of measure used to express the length of the bore of a weapon. The number of calibres is determined by dividing the length of the bore of the weapon, from the breech face of the tube to the muzzle, by the diameter of its bore. A gun tube the bore of which is 40 feet (480 inches) long and 12 inches in diameter is said to be 40 calibers long.
  4. Capacity or compass of mind.
  5. Degree of importance or station in society.
  6. A nominal name for a cartridge type, which may not exactly indicate its true size and may include other measurements such as cartridge length or black powder capacity. Eg 7.62×39 or 38.40.
  7. The diameter of round or cylindrical body, as of a bullet, a projectile, or a column.

caliber frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word caliber occurs in english on average 2.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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