calibrate

verb

cal·​i·​brate ˈka-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio)
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 noun

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
Recent Examples on the Web Edith Pritchett has cartooned a handy guide for calibrating your vacation’s activity level, packing list and foreign-language groundwork. Drew Goins, Washington Post, 20 June 2024 And at West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Precision has partnered with researchers to calibrate the Layer 7 to decode speech in patients who are undergoing surgery to remove tumors near brain regions responsible for language. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 7 June 2024 Our notions of privacy are calibrated to the sensory capabilities of the average other person. Scott Sayare Robert Petkoff Anna Diamond Quinton Kamara, New York Times, 14 June 2024 The elapsed seconds hand would point to a corresponding value on the scale calibrated in kilometers or miles—this value would represent the gun’s distance to the observer. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for calibrate 

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Word History

Etymology

caliber + -ate entry 4, perhaps after French calibrer

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of calibrate was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Calibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calibrate. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

calibrate

verb
cal·​i·​brate ˈkal-ə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio)
calibrated; calibrating
1
: to measure the caliber of
2
a
: to determine, correct, or put the measuring marks on (as a tire pressure gauge)
b
: make standard (as a measuring instrument) by finding out and correcting for the differences from an accepted or ideal value
calibration
ˌkal-ə-ˈbrā-shən
noun

Medical Definition

calibrate

transitive verb
cal·​i·​brate ˈkal-ə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio)
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 noun
calibrator noun

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