- 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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The methods of standardization or calibration employed have much in common even in the cases that appear most diverse.
The same method in a more elaborate form is employed in the calibration of a series of multiples or submultiples of any unit.
The simplest method is that known as the method of Gay Lussac in the calibration of mercurial thermometers or tubes of small bore.
- 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 calibration
1854, noun of action from calibrate.
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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