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 calibrate (audio) \ noun

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
Recent Examples on the Web For the past four years, during Rico’s steady ascent to national stardom, some have heard her charismatic petulance as a punk-rock echo, and that’s one way to calibrate your ears to her musical nya-nya. Washington Post, "Rico Nasty will show you what mischief sounds like," 10 Dec. 2020 These data help cryosphere researchers calibrate the accuracy of instruments on board weather satellites. Marcello Rossi, Smithsonian Magazine, "24 Ways To Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Science," 29 Dec. 2020 The team will cross calibrate the data of both satellites over the next year before Jason-3's mission ends. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A satellite that will track Earth's sea level rise is ready to launch," 21 Nov. 2020 Staymates used his own respiratory data to calibrate the mannequin to breathe like a human. Popular Science, "Why you should think twice before opting for a valved N95 mask," 12 Nov. 2020 Regions dated with Apollo and Luna samples have helped calibrate the method. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years," 19 Nov. 2020 The young age of the samples could prove valuable to scientists on Earth, who can use them to better calibrate techniques for estimating the ages of geological surfaces on planets, moons and asteroids throughout the solar system. Steven Lee Myers And Kenneth Chang New York Times, Star Tribune, "China lands spacecraft on moon," 1 Dec. 2020 The mission could also help calibrate timescales across the entire solar system. Andrew Jones, Science, "China's new moon mission to return the first lunar samples since 1976," 23 Nov. 2020 Planetary scientists hope that rocks brought back by Chang’e-5 can calibrate a crater-counting technique used to estimate the ages of geological surfaces on the planets, moons and asteroids throughout the solar system. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "China Launches Moon Mission to Bring Back Lunar Rocks," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of calibrate was in 1850

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20 Jan 2021

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“Calibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calibrate. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for calibrate

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

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