If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office, what type of parade would it be?
Valtro 12 gauge tactical shotgun, Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol, Century International Arms Inc.
Despite being a seasoned professional, even I had to go through this when I wanted this caliber of representation.
Someone pointed a .22-caliber pistol at his head and pulled the trigger, but it jammed, so out came a machete and knives.
Where is a leader of the caliber of Roosevelt or a Churchill (who knew and appreciated Keynes)?
You must remember, Doctor, that the power of a gun increases as the cube of its caliber or diameter of its bore.
Even a twenty-two caliber may prove effective at short range.
For target shooting, the .22-caliber pistols will be found admirably suited for beginners.
caliber—diameter of the bore; also used to express bore length.
Judging from the caliber of the rifle that we later found or become acquainted with, this would more resemble a wound of entry.
1560s, "degree of merit or importance," a figurative use from Middle French calibre (late 15c.), apparently ultimately from Arabic qalib "a mold for casting." Arabic also used the word in the sense "mold for casting bullets," which is the oldest literal meaning in English. Meaning "inside diameter of a gun barrel" is attested from 1580s. Barnhart remarks that Spanish calibre, Italian calibro "appear too late to act as intermediate forms" between the Arabic word and the French.
caliber cal·i·ber (kāl'ə-bər)
The diameter of the inside of a round cylinder, such as a tube.