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
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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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12 Aug 2022

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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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