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 pluralcalibrations on a gauge

Examples of calibration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The car has a 5.0-liter V8 Ford Racing Motorsport engine equipped with Ford Racing PCS software and calibration, with a TREMEC T6060 6-speed manual transmission. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 2020 Shelby race car, Paul Walker's BMWs to cross the auction block Saturday," 18 Jan. 2020 Michael Shaw said the agency will take over calibration of the devices, as well as the contractor’s duties of certifying and serving the breathalyzer units. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 The instruments, which receive regular maintenance and calibration to ensure accuracy, measure types of pollution such as ozone that less expensive monitors can’t detect. David Ingram, NBC News, "High-tech California relies on a startup in Utah to see how smoky its air is," 31 Oct. 2019 And that calibration is going to come when the Oscars is part of a just industry and a balanced industry. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Ava DuVernay advocates for 'balanced' Hollywood amid another Oscars diversity disappointment," 17 Jan. 2020 Investigators concluded preliminarily that improper calibration of an airspeed sensor during maintenance caused the erroneous signals, people familiar with the details said last month. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered From Indonesia’s Lion Air Crash," 14 Jan. 2019 Careful calibration of stress testing for climate change will be needed, because such testing requires assessing the effects of shocks or policy actions that may have little historical precedent. Kristalina Georgieva For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "In the fight against climate change, no one can stand on the sidelines," 30 Nov. 2019 The researchers used an updated calibration of the instrument that had been published since to improve the quality of the earlier observations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "No exomoons yet, but we may have spotted a disk that will form them," 16 July 2019 China's current CO2-tracking satellite TanSat, which closely follows OCO-2's design, has struggled with its calibration. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Space budget boost puts Europe in lead to monitor carbon from space," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Calibration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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