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

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Lion Air co-founder Rusdi Kirana has disputed that any maintenance error occurred, saying in a December interview that calibration was performed properly in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered From Indonesia’s Lion Air Crash," 14 Jan. 2019 The satellite was only launched in April and spent time undergoing commissioning and calibration. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Get ready for a flood of new exoplanets: TESS has already spotted two," 21 Sep. 2018 Still, the default contrast is acceptable and not too far off from what my Spyder5 screen calibration tool suggested. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "MSI Oculux NXG251 monitor review: faster isn’t always better," 29 Nov. 2018 The body shop wasn’t fully installed until September and took weeks of calibration to ensure robots avoided collision amid the ballet of welding the vehicle together. Susan Pulliam, WSJ, "Elon Musk Races to Exit Tesla’s ‘Production Hell’," 27 June 2018 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

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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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