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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In 2017, Yue allegedly tried to purchase another cesium atomic clock, this time representing that it would be used at a calibration laboratory in California. Joe Dworetzky,, "South El Monte man charged with illegally exporting cesium atomic clocks," 28 June 2019 The benign sluggishness can be seen in the foot-dragging over defense spending and in European leaders’ endless calibration... John Bew, WSJ, "‘The Global Age’ Review: Europe on the Upswing," 15 May 2019 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

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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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