1. Diamètre. Le calibre d'un tuyau.
2. (Familier) Revolver. Sortir son calibre.
3. (Au figuré) Acabit. Un loupé de ce calibre.
ETYM French calibre, perh. from Latin qualibra of what pound, of what weight; hence, of what size, applied first to a ball or bullet; cf. also Arabic qâlib model, mold. Related to Calipers, Calivere.
(Alternate spelling: calibre).
1. The diameter of a cylinder, such as the barrel of a rifle.
2. Quality or value.
Alternate (chiefly British) spelling for caliber.
ETYM Written also gage.
Any scientific measuring instrument—for example, a wire gauge or a pressure gauge. The term is also applied to the width of a railroad or tramway track.
An instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity or for testing conformity with a standard; SYN. gage.
ETYM Old Eng. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Irish, Gael., and Late Lat. gunna, w. gum; possibly (like cannon) from Latin canna reed, tube; or abbreviated from Old Fren. mangonnel, Eng. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.
1. A weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel).
2. The discharge of a gun as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies.
Any kind of firearm or any instrument consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged; see also artillery, machine gun, pistol, and small arms.
Great strength, hardness, or determination.