The caliber of something is its level of quality or excellence,
and the caliber of a person is his level of skill or ability.
CAL uh ber
Part of speech:
Often a countable noun.
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about the caliber of something,
or multiple calibers, though that seems rare.)
But you can also treat "caliber" as an uncountable noun,
saying "such high caliber," "lower caliber," etc.
Other forms: None
How to use it:
Talk about the caliber of something or someone, often to make comparisons: "We'd like to hear a higher caliber of jokes at the dinner table, please." "We need to hire a carpenter of a certain caliber." "You don't often meet a student of her caliber." "There are different calibers of schools even within a district."
You can make hyphenated phrases to use as adjectives, like "high-caliber," "top-caliber," "low-caliber," "championship-caliber," "Olympic-caliber," "flagship-caliber" and so on, but they tend to get clunky--and you may be able to substitute a simpler word anyway, like "excellent" instead of "high-caliber."
We appreciated the high caliber of healthcare in Houston, known for its world-class medical center and particularly effective cancer treatment facilities.
I'm sure there are some diamonds in the rough there, but if you pay $5 for graphic design work on Fiverr.com, you're going to get results of a very low caliber.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "caliber" means when you can explain it without saying “degree of quality" or "level of competence."
Think of something you'd like to get better at, and fill in the blanks: "I'd like to raise the caliber of _____, which _____."
Example: "I'd like to raise the caliber of my home-improvement projects, which still end up with a lot of flaws."
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1. There isn't an opposite for CALIBER because
A. the strength with which something is finished is irrelevant in judgments of its overall effectiveness
B. the degree to which something is good is the same concept as the degree to which it is bad
C. the power of literal ammunition is conceptually the same as the strength of verbal defenses
2. Looser admissions requirements could _____ the caliber of applicants.
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