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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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 The software update changed the calibration of the anti-lock braking algorithm across variations in usage and environmental conditions, according to Tesla. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Consumer Reports Thought a Tesla Took Too Long to Stop. The Company Fixed It Via a Software Update.," 30 May 2018 The claim at times has proved to be a careful calibration of trying to stay away from the Russia probe even while maintaining his credibility for being left out of the loop by the West Wing. Elizabeth Landers, CNN, "Mike Pence tells Mueller 'it's time to wrap it up'," 10 May 2018 The gain is turned way up on the electronic throttle calibration, probably in an effort to make the most of the limited torque on tap. James Tate, Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru BRZ tS," 15 Feb. 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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