cal·​i·​bra·​tion | \ ˌka-lə-ˈbrā-shən How to pronounce calibration (audio) \

Definition of calibration

1 : the act or process of calibrating : the state of being calibrated
2 : a set of graduations to indicate values or positions usually used in pluralcalibrations on a gauge

Examples of calibration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators concluded preliminarily that improper calibration of an airspeed sensor during maintenance caused the erroneous signals, people familiar with the details said last month. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered From Indonesia’s Lion Air Crash," 14 Jan. 2019 Careful calibration of stress testing for climate change will be needed, because such testing requires assessing the effects of shocks or policy actions that may have little historical precedent. Kristalina Georgieva For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "In the fight against climate change, no one can stand on the sidelines," 30 Nov. 2019 The researchers used an updated calibration of the instrument that had been published since to improve the quality of the earlier observations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "No exomoons yet, but we may have spotted a disk that will form them," 16 July 2019 China's current CO2-tracking satellite TanSat, which closely follows OCO-2's design, has struggled with its calibration. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Space budget boost puts Europe in lead to monitor carbon from space," 5 Dec. 2019 And that produces just the kinds of abuse that the Framers’ careful calibration was meant to prevent. Sherif Girgis, National Review, "Neil Gorsuch’s Judicial Humility," 5 Dec. 2019 Snow mode has more predictive calibrations, Hyundai says, to prevent loss of traction. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Hyundai Palisade: move-in ready at $50,000," 19 Oct. 2019 One of Cowin's most popular designs gives you 30 hours of battery life, virtually complete audio clarity (with real-time calibration) and a voice-optimized microphone for making calls. NBC News, "These 10 active noise-canceling headphones are on deep sale," 5 Nov. 2019 The resulting certification indicated that the holder could accurately evaluate both the taste and defects of any coffee, and to do so within a thin margin of error in calibration with every other Q-Grader in every other country around the world. Michael Paul Light, Los Angeles Times, "Trish Rothgeb coined ‘third wave’ — and is now looking toward coffee’s future," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of calibration

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calibration

calibr(ate) + -ation

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15 Jan 2020

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“Calibration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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