- 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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Examples from the Web for recalibrate
With Hillary Clinton waiting in the wings on the Democratic side, the Republicans need to recalibrate quickly.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention
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They expect him to recalibrate, slightly, to be more happy warrior than culture warrior.Happy Huckabee Gets Mad
May 6, 2014
Brody had to recalibrate when Akbari head faked in a public square and enlisted Abu Nazir's widow to vet him instead.‘Homeland’ Is Finally Back On Track with Season 3’s Penultimate Episode, “Big Man in Tehran”
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The man toppled forward, and a surreal silence followed as though reality had to recalibrate.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
Instead of running away from the asymmetries between Zionism and liberalism, J Street aims to recalibrate them.My Former Life As a Kahanist Posterboy
June 17, 2013
- 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 recalibrate
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.
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- 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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