calibre

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See also: calibré

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From French calibre (bore of a gun, size, capacity (literally, and figuratively), also weight). Origin uncertain, perhaps, from Latin qua libra (of what dimensions, weight)

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calibre (plural calibres) (British, Australia, Canada, New Zealand)

  1. Diameter of the bore of a firearm, typically measured between opposite lands.
  2. The diameter of round or cylindrical body, as of a bullet, a projectile, or a column.
  3. 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 7.62x39 or 38.40.
  4. 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.
  5. (figuratively) Relative size, importance, magnitude.
  6. (figuratively) Capacity or compass of mind.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burke to this entry?)
  7. (dated) Degree of importance or station in society.

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calibre

  1. first-person singular present indicative of calibrer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of calibrer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of calibrer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of calibrer
  5. second-person singular imperative of calibrer

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calibre m (plural calibres)

  1. caliber / calibre (dimension)
  2. gauge (mathematics, physics)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French calibre.

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Noun[edit]

calibre m (plural calibres)

  1. calibre
  2. calipers

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calibre

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of calibrar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of calibrar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of calibrar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of calibrar.