Calfskin

Calf"skin`

(?), n. The hide or skin of a calf; or leather made of the skin.
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Ca"li

(?), n. (Hindoo Myth.) The tenth avatar or incarnation of the god Vishnu.
[Written also Kali.]

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Cal"i*ber

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Cal"ibre

} (?), n. [F. calibre, perh. fr. L. qualibra of what pound, of what weight; hence, of what size, applied first to a ball or bullet; cf. also Ar. qlib model, mold. Cf. Calipers, Calivere.]
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1. (Gunnery) The diameter of the bore, as a cannon or other firearm, or of any tube; or the weight or size of the projectile which a firearm will carry; as, an 8 inch gun, a 12-pounder, a 44 caliber.
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The caliber of empty tubes.
Reid.
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A battery composed of three guns of small caliber.
Prescott.
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The caliber of firearms is expressed in various ways. Cannon are often designated by the weight of a solid spherical shot that will fit the bore; as, a 12-pounder; pieces of ordnance that project shell or hollow shot are designated by the diameter of their bore; as, a 12 inch mortar or a 14 inch shell gun; small arms are designated by hundredths of an inch expressed decimally; as, a rifle of .44 inch caliber.
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2. The diameter of round or cylindrical body, as of a bullet or column.
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3. Fig.: Capacity or compass of mind. Burke.
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Caliber compasses. See Calipers. -- Caliber rule, a gunner's calipers, an instrument having two scales arranged to determine a ball's weight from its diameter, and conversely. -- A ship's caliber, the weight of her armament.
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