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

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Then the pattern of electrical signals was calibrated for each individual. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Spinal-cord stimulation allows three paralyzed men to walk with assistance," 31 Oct. 2018 With the trade battle with the U.S. having amplified the Shanghai import fair’s political overtones, global companies are trying to calibrate how to show support for China and their businesses. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "The World’s Biggest Exporter Rebrands Itself as a Big Buyer," 17 Oct. 2018 Such a delicate ecosystem, so precisely calibrated, in the end destroyed by Jude’s careful parceling of love, of land. Mark Athitakis, latimes.com, "A sensational ill wind blows through Lauren Groff's short story collection, 'Florida'," 8 June 2018 At the Fed, Powell will have his hands full enough just trying to calibrate monetary policy to ensure healthy, sustainable economic growth, a challenge underscored by last week's sell-off. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Yellen's 'mic drop' lands on Wells Fargo," 5 Feb. 2018 Other reports, including one in 2011 from CBS, have suggested they are used to calibrate China's spy satellites, but the Chinese government has never confirmed this. Fox News, "Has China's 'Area 51' been found in the Gobi Desert?," 13 Aug. 2018 Under electric power, these cars must emit between 47 and 67 decibels (the decibel curve as calibrated with an A contour, which best replicates how the human ear perceives differences in sound intensity). Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Make Some Noise! No More Silent EVs and Hybrids, Says NHTSA [UPDATE]," 28 Feb. 2018 The tightening phase needs to be finely calibrated, carefully managing market expectations. Marco Annunziata, Fortune, "Commentary: The Stock Market’s Bumpy Ride Is Just Beginning," 8 Feb. 2018 The first stop was Ford’s AV terminal, where the cars are cleaned and the sensors are calibrated between trips. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018

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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

verb

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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