cal·​i·​bra·​tion | \ˌka-lə-ˈbrā-shən \

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

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And all those calibrations trace back to right here, in the bowels of NIST. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 During a routine gyroscope calibration on June 24th, SOHO spun out of control, losing the alignment that let its antennas communicate with Earth and its solar panels capture energy. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Satellite rescue mission: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 4 Aug. 2018 So the researchers did a rough calibration by registering the signal that bounced back when the radar hit the atmosphere/dusty ice boundary at the Martian surface, since the composition of these materials is pretty well understood. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Possible lake spotted under a polar ice cap—on Mars," 25 July 2018 Use your favorite search engine to look for torque wrench calibration. Bob Weber,, "Drive belts don't just fall off in the rain," 7 July 2018 An internal review of vehicle testing also found other problems such as erroneous calibration of testing equipment. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Nissan Admits Emissions-Test Data Was Falsified," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Demon’s transmission brake, Drag Mode calibration and optional race gas compatible engine control unit were retired with it to help keep the 3,300 examples of it that were built a little extra special. Fox News, "2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye unveiled with demonic 797 hp," 28 June 2018 Use your favorite search engine (Google?) to look for torque wrench calibration. Bob Weber,, "Drive belts don't just fall off in the rain," 24 June 2018 Over the weekend, Tesla pushed out an over-the-air software update, one that the carmaker says tweaked the calibration of the vehicle’s anti-lock braking algorithm. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Tesla’s Quick Fix For Its Braking System Came from the Ether," 30 May 2018

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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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