cal·​i·​bra·​tion | \ ˌka-lə-ˈbrā-shən How to pronounce calibration (audio) \

Definition of calibration

1 : the act or process of calibrating : the state of being calibrated
2 : a set of graduations to indicate values or positions usually used in plural calibrations on a gauge

Examples of calibration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the information collected from the hearing calibration test, the Nocs app instantly computes exactly what changes need to be made to optimize sound quality to best suit the user. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Compare the same target — seen by Spitzer & in Webb’s calibration images. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 10 May 2022 And what about a Joy-Con calibration sequence that identifies connectivity issues for racket swings and bowling motions? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Webb's Fine Guidance Sensor tracks guide stars to point the telescope accurately and precisely, with sensors that can take calibration images. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 Prosecutors also have a continuing obligation to hand over a similar number of calibration reports filed after the defendant used the device. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Both require monthly calibration with a standalone blood pressure cuff—Aktiia helpfully supplies one with the bracelet. David Phelan, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 The Timberline-specific steering calibration fails to do this Explorer any favors, as the setup feels overboosted and indirect—attributes surely exacerbated by the model's all-terrain rubber. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 6 Apr. 2022 Rylance, who only saw the film for the first time the night before this interview, is still working through that calibration. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of calibration

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calibration

calibr(ate) + -ation

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The first known use of calibration was in 1852

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21 May 2022

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“Calibration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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