cal·​i·​bra·​tion ˌka-lə-ˈbrā-shən How to pronounce calibration (audio)
: the act or process of calibrating : the state of being calibrated
: 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 The model is self-calibrating in real-time and is free of known correspondences or calibration targets. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Nov. 2023 For now, the Euclid team is continuing their instrument calibration work, and then the telescope’s science mission will begin in earnest in January. WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 To create this photo, Beverly captured 35 three-minute sub-exposures for the light shots and an equal number of dark shots and other calibration frames. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2023 Color calibration is also important for making sure anything on your screen looks its best, from games to movies. David Nield, Popular Science, 27 July 2023 The terminal has drive-through sensor calibration ranges that resembles QR codes, which the truck will pass through to calibrate sensors. Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 29 June 2023 This can be done by using the calibration wheel under the scale if the pointer isn’t exactly aligned with the zero mark upon opening. Casey Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2023 That calibration gives it abilities more in line with OpenAI's ChatGPT, which is better at answering questions and engaging in dialogue as a chatbot than a raw LLM that has not been fine-tuned. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023 The shock and spring calibrations have been revised to cope with the 750's heavier weight, and hydraulic load leveling has been added to the rear suspension, but the 735's excellent ride-and-handling compromise survives intact. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


calibr(ate) + -ation

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of calibration was in 1852

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“Calibration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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