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 But Okpokwasili knows just how to calibrate its quickening cadences. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘For Colored Girls’ Review: Ntozake Shange’s Women Endure," 22 Oct. 2019 At each measuring point, the machine must be calibrated before taking readings for two sessions of three minutes each. Joanna Slater, The Denver Post, "Is Mt. Everest shrinking? Nepal on a mission to measure the world’s tallest mountain.," 21 Oct. 2019 The researchers cleaned, greased, and calibrated it while downloading data. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 Instead, the observation mode was calibrated to find hydrogen gas. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Snap a Rare Picture of Two Baby Planets," 7 June 2019 The huge challenge was calibrating the first rung on the ladder, to a type of star called a Cepheid variable. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, "Why We Still Don't Know How Fast the Universe is Expanding," 1 Jan. 2019 But in the evenings physicists would bring their detectors down and calibrate them using the same accelerator. Quanta Magazine, "On a Hunt for a Ghost of a Particle," 8 Dec. 2016 Fay recommends a few simple steps to road crews to limit salt use and its impacts: Cover salt piles to protect them from precipitation and calibrate equipment to ensure proper salt distribution. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, "Heavy road salt use in winter is a growing problem, scientists say," 24 Dec. 2019 Like international companies, young people in Saudi Arabia are adjusting to new boundaries and calibrating their ambitions. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Embraces Western Sports to Rehabilitate Global Image," 2 Dec. 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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The first known use of calibrate was in 1850

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Calibrate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calibrating. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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

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