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calendar year the period of time that begins on January 1 and ends on December 31. (Cf. fiscal year.)
calender a machine in which paper or cloth is pressed between rollers to make it smooth or glossy. [2 definitions]
calends (usu. used with a pl. verb) in the ancient Roman calendar, the first day of any month.
calendula a plant of the composite family that bears yellow or orange flowers; pot marigold.
calescent increasing in heat; getting warm.
calf1 the young of cattle or of other bovine mammals, and of some other large mammals such as seals or whales. [2 definitions]
calf2 the muscular back part of a human's leg below the knee.
calf's-foot jelly the cooled gelatinous edible stock of boiled calves' feet.
calfskin the hide of a calf. [2 definitions]
Caliban a grotesque, brutish, half-human creature in The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
caliber the inner diameter of a gun barrel or other tube. [3 definitions]
calibrate to assign, verify, or correct the graduated markings on (a quantitative measuring instrument such as a thermometer). [2 definitions]
calico a simply woven cotton cloth with a bright printed pattern. [3 definitions]
calif variant of caliph.
California a U.S. state on the Pacific coast. (abbr.: CA)
californium a synthetic radioactive chemical element having ninety-eight protons in each nucleus. (symbol: Cf)
caliginous misty and dark.
caliper (usu. pl.) an instrument usu. having two hinged, curved legs and used to measure inner or outer dimensions, thicknesses, and distances between surfaces. [3 definitions]
caliper rule a graduated rule with one jaw that slides and one that is fixed.
caliph in Islam, a spiritual and political leader in some Muslim countries.
caliphate the area ruled, length of rule, or office of a caliph.