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 And even the best planet-finding spectrographs are subject to calibration errors that can cause further confusion. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "The Earth Next Door," 24 Aug. 2016 Engine calibration enhancements have increased the V-8's output from 550 horsepower to 563. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Flexes 690 HP," 7 Dec. 2020 In critical applications and recreational situations alike, headphone EQ calibration can make an astonishing difference in listener experience and overall enjoyment. Popular Science, "Best headphones: Get good-quality audio equipment at your budget," 17 Dec. 2020 The presidential election required deft calibration to get along peaceably with relatives or friends with differing views. Melissa Rayworth, ajc, "Wiser resolutions? Lessons from COVID's unfulfilled ones," 29 Dec. 2020 The dealer will also update the powertrain calibration for heat management under certain elevated idle conditions. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford recalls 2021 E-series for burn risk, 2020-21 Explorer and Aviators for power loss," 23 Dec. 2020 Steering responses feel a hair crisper, as Toyota revised the steering calibration to make the effort buildup more linear as cornering loads increase. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Gains Horsepower and Refinement," 17 Aug. 2020 With regular vigorous use over the past three months, the bike maintained its great condition and did not require re-calibration, though calibrating the bike is simple if needed. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Peloton Bike+, According to Our Fitness Experts," 14 Dec. 2020 To make matters more complicated, the ALMA observatory recently identified an error in its calibration system that produced a spectrum of Venus with a lot of noise for Greaves and her colleagues to work with. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Promising sign of life on Venus might not exist after all," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Calibration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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