calibrate

verb
cal·​i·​brate | \ ˈka-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \
calibrated; calibrating

Definition of calibrate

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

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Other Words from calibrate

calibrator \ ˈka-​lə-​ˌbrā-​tər How to pronounce calibrator (audio) \ noun

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
Recent Examples on the Web But those peak around 1,000 degrees, because each heliostat has to be individually calibrated and can fall out of alignment over time. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming," 21 Jan. 2020 This life-saving gizmo is calibrated to detect the carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide found in a toot or a Number 2. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Charmin Unveils a Robot That Delivers Toilet Paper to You," 8 Jan. 2020 But the gambit was calibrated so as not to further draw the ire of President Trump, who along with Iranian leaders appeared to ease tensions on Wednesday. Melissa Etehadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The general is dead. The missiles have flown. What next?," 8 Jan. 2020 Satellites can calibrate using global surface data to improve forecasts. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Seagoing drones are eliminating the data gap on Earth’s last frontier," 4 Dec. 2019 In North America, few tree ring records can precisely calibrate such early radiocarbon dates, but a state-of-the-art probabilistic model placed the start of the occupation at between 16,560 and 15,280 years. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "First people in the Americas came by sea, ancient tools unearthed by Idaho river suggest," 29 Aug. 2019 Most were calibrating drones or ground robots before the clock started running. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 But Okpokwasili knows just how to calibrate its quickening cadences. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘For Colored Girls’ Review: Ntozake Shange’s Women Endure," 22 Oct. 2019 At each measuring point, the machine must be calibrated before taking readings for two sessions of three minutes each. Joanna Slater, The Denver Post, "Is Mt. Everest shrinking? Nepal on a mission to measure the world’s tallest mountain.," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of calibrate

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calibrate

caliber + -ate entry 4, perhaps after French calibrer

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The first known use of calibrate was in 1850

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11 Feb 2020

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“Calibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calibrate. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for calibrate

calibrate

verb
How to pronounce calibrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of calibrate

: 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

calibrate

transitive verb
cal·​i·​brate | \ ˈkal-ə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \
calibrated; calibrating

Medical Definition of calibrate

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

Other Words from calibrate

calibration \ ˌkal-​ə-​ˈbrā-​shən How to pronounce calibration (audio) \ noun
calibrator \ ˈkal-​ə-​ˌbrāt-​ər How to pronounce calibrator (audio) \ noun

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