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calibre is pronounced in three syllables
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An example use of calibre in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
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meanings of calibre
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.
Relative size, importance, magnitude.
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.
Diameter of the bore of a firearm, typically measured between opposite lands.
Degree of importance or station in society.
Capacity or compass of mind.
The diameter of round or cylindrical body, as of a bullet, a projectile, or a column.
calibre frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR
the word calibre occurs in english on average 3.7 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.