calibrate

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verb cal·i·brate \ ˈka-lə-ˌbrāt \

Definition of calibrate

calibrated; calibrating
transitive verb
1 :to ascertain the caliber of (something) )
2 :to determine, rectify, or mark the graduations of (something, such as a thermometer tube)
3 :to standardize (something, such as a measuring instrument) by determining the deviation from a standard so as to ascertain the proper correction factors
4 :to adjust precisely for a particular function
  • calibrate a thermometer
5 :to measure precisely
  • carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
; especially :to measure against a standard

calibrator

play \-ˌbrā-tər\ noun

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

  1. carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine

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First Known Use of calibrate

1850

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CALIBRATE Defined for English Language Learners

calibrate

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verb

Definition of calibrate for English Language Learners

  • : to adjust or mark (something, such as a measuring device) so that it can be used in an accurate and exact way

  • : to measure (something) in an exact and precise way


Medical Dictionary

calibrate

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transitive verb cal·i·brate \ ˈkal-ə-ˌbrāt \

medical Definition of calibrate

calibrated; calibrating
1 :to ascertain the caliber of (as a thermometer tube)
2 :to determine, rectify, or mark the graduations of (as a thermometer tube)
3 :to standardize (as a measuring instrument) by determining the deviation from a standard so as to ascertain the proper correction factors

calibration

play \ˌkal-ə-ˈbrā-shən\ noun

calibrator

play \ˈkal-ə-ˌbrāt-ər\ noun


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