Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of light musket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An early form of hand gun, a variety of the arquebus; originally a gun having a regular size of bore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the sixteenth century, a hand-firearm lighter than the musket and fired without a rest; especially, such a gun when of fixed diameter or caliber for a whole company of soldiers using the same ammunition. Also spelled calliver.

Etymologies

Variant of calibre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Which most discourteous act seemed at first likely to be somewhat heavily avenged on Amyas; for as he spoke, a couple of caliver-shots, fired from under the poop, passed “ping” “ping” by his ears, and Cary clapped his hand to his side.

    Westward Ho!

  • Presently a wreath of white smoke curled up from the swamp, and then the report of a caliver.

    Westward Ho!

  • Both parties obeyed the order; Amyas dropped down behind the stockade in time to let a caliver bullet whistle over his head; and the Spaniards recoiled as the narrow face of the stockade burst into one blaze of musketry and swivels, raking their long array from front to rear.

    Westward Ho!

  • No. Over his head the caliver-balls went screeching.

    Westward Ho!

  • Right as I'm working out stock measurements, the door bell rings and the caliver barrel arrives.

    roland Diary Entry

  • The devil take the caliver that fired the ball, for a blither lad never filled a cup at midnight!

    Kenilworth

  • Purn appeared and fired his caliver, swinging it like a fowling piece.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • There was the shaggy creature, which might have been fallow under Urth's sun, streaked with black yet still skipping with frantic energy; even as I saw him, Sidero's caliver blotched him more.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • Other muskets, like the caliver, were light, and could be fired without the use of a support.

    New Discoveries at Jamestown Site of the First Successful English Settlement in America

  • They kept themselves upon their oars at caliver-shot distance, spending powder apace; as we did some two or three hours.

    Sir Francis Drake Revived

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  • One for the weapons listers.

    January 30, 2013