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

Other Words from calibrate

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

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
Recent Examples on the Web Officials must also calibrate the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has pushed up energy and food prices, even as Covid lockdowns in China add fresh strain to supply chains and downside risks to global growth. Matthew Boesler, Fortune, 4 May 2022 The goal is to help front line sellers to calibrate their execution plans, time allocation and skill development priorities for the coming year. Stephen Diorio, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Industry leader Eastman Kodak even created a skin color reference card to help professional photographers calibrate their equipment. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2021 Or certainly, calibrate Europe's defense relations with the United States. David A. Andelman, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 All the while, Christie and his front-of-the-house team will carefully calibrate the mood of the room. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 Schultz learned how to snowboard over the next few weeks to test and calibrate his prosthetic, and over the next few years of testing fell in love with the sport. Christian Richey, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 As the situation evolves, the United States will have to calibrate its response to the conflict, not only with crippling sanctions targeting Russia and military aid to Ukraine, but with assistance to address the growing humanitarian crisis. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Barbaro, who has modeled phenomena ranging from fish migrations to gang territorial disputes, says the Pamplona data could help calibrate models for stressed crowds to aid architectural design and evacuation planning. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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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 calibrate (audio) \ noun
calibrator \ ˈkal-​ə-​ˌbrāt-​ər How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \ noun

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