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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In the future, the manufacturing industry won’t need to send their weights and scales to NIST for calibration. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 Time Commitment: 2 hours to build, additional time for calibration. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Turn Your Laptop Into a Spectrometer," 27 Dec. 2012 Apart from the corners, the new iPad Pro display is substantially the same as last year’s Pro, with Apple’s extremely smooth 120Hz ProMotion variable refresh rate system, True Tone automatic color calibration, and wide color support. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 Google has put even more work into display tuning and calibration this time around. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Here’s why the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are Google’s most expensive phones ever," 9 Oct. 2018 Combined with calculated temperatures at different depths, that calibration allowed the researchers to calculate a value for the reflections occurring at deeper levels. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Possible lake spotted under a polar ice cap—on Mars," 25 July 2018 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

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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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