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 Gabriela González, a physicist at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, has been involved in building, testing and calibrating LIGO since 1993. Quanta Magazine, "Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity," 22 Oct. 2015 When considering Thursday’s debate, keep in mind that Castro never makes a public utterance without carefully calibrating its impact. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Castro’s snark attack divides the Democratic base," 14 Sep. 2019 The display will also be Pantone-calibrated to appeal to video and photo editors and graphic or web designers who require the best color accuracy. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tech From IFA 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 While commercial gravity sensors are already available, civil engineers don’t widely use them because measurements take a long time, and the instruments frequently need to be re-calibrated. Wired, "Scientists Watch Atoms Fall to See Earth's Changing Structure," 3 Sep. 2019 The city’s economic base is being re-calibrated with new and smaller industries, and this will drive an expansion of the educational and cultural institutions. courant.com, "Hartford’s future: 2020 visions of the city in 2025, in 2030," 22 Aug. 2019 Waxman perfectly calibrates Nina’s quirkiness and anxieties, managing to sidestep any of the pitfalls of the manic pixie dream girl trope that can plague fictional women of this ilk. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 In a paper appearing today on the scientific preprint site arxiv.org, researchers used measurements of 1.7 billion stars taken by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite to more precisely calibrate the distance to nearby Cepheid stars. Quanta Magazine, "A Radically Conservative Solution for Cosmology’s Biggest Mystery," 1 May 2018 Though cost control is always important, what will be crucial for Crespo is ensuring that Zara’s fashion compass stays perfectly calibrated. latimes.com, "Zara’s hot polka-dot dress shows human brains beating big data," 12 July 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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21 Oct 2019

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The first known use of calibrate was in 1850

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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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