- to determine, check, or rectify the graduation of (any instrument giving quantitative measurements).
- to divide or mark with gradations, graduations, or other indexes of degree, quantity, etc., as on a thermometer, measuring cup, or the like.
- to determine the correct range for (an artillery gun, mortar, etc.) by observing where the fired projectile hits.
- to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal, etc.: a sales strategy calibrated to rich investors.
Origin of calibrate
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As best as such guerrilla wars allow, the information was vetted and checked and calibrated to the greatest, most honest degrees.Michael Ware on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians
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That sounded like a candid answer, not one calibrated to play well in Iowa and New Hampshire.Huckabee: 'I'm Not a Megalomaniac'
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He calibrated all of this well to maintain credibility all around.Petraeus Locked Obama In
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The picnometer should be calibrated with distilled water at 15° C.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
The galvanometer can be calibrated with this resistance, which is known as a shunt.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
Both instruments must, of course, be calibrated as I have explained before.Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son
The instruments can be so calibrated that it is quite easy to make the alteration.Marvels of Scientific Invention
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They should be calibrated by the office of weights and measures.
- to measure the calibre of (a gun, mortar, etc)
- to mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that readings can be made in appropriate units
- to determine the accuracy of (a measuring instrument, etc)
- to determine or check the range and accuracy of (a piece of artillery)
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Word Origin and History for calibrated
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To check, adjust, or determine the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument by comparison with a standard.
- To determine the caliber of a tube.
- To make corrections in or adjust a procedure or process.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- To check, adjust, or standardize a measuring instrument, usually by comparing it with an accepted model.
- To measure the diameter of the inside of a tube.
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