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calibrate

[kal-uh-breyt] /ˈkæl əˌbreɪt/
verb (used with object), calibrated, calibrating.
1.
to determine, check, or rectify the graduation of (any instrument giving quantitative measurements).
2.
to divide or mark with gradations, graduations, or other indexes of degree, quantity, etc., as on a thermometer, measuring cup, or the like.
3.
to determine the correct range for (an artillery gun, mortar, etc.) by observing where the fired projectile hits.
4.
to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal, etc.:
a sales strategy calibrated to rich investors.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; caliber + -ate1
Related forms
calibration, noun
calibrator, calibrater, noun
intercalibration, noun
recalibrate, verb (used with object), recalibrated, recalibrating.
uncalibrated, adjective
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calibrate

/ˈkælɪˌbreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to measure the calibre of (a gun, mortar, etc)
2.
to mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that readings can be made in appropriate units
3.
to determine the accuracy of (a measuring instrument, etc)
4.
to determine or check the range and accuracy of (a piece of artillery)
Derived Forms
calibration, noun
calibrator, calibrater, noun
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Word Origin and History for intercalibration

calibrate

v.

1839, verb formed from caliber + -ate (2). Related: calibrated; calibrating.

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intercalibration in Medicine

calibrate cal·i·brate (kāl'ə-brāt')
v. cal·i·brat·ed, cal·i·brat·ing, cal·i·brates

  1. To check, adjust, or determine the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument by comparison with a standard.

  2. To determine the caliber of a tube.

  3. To make corrections in or adjust a procedure or process.


cal'i·bra'tor n.
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intercalibration in Science
calibrate
  (kāl'ə-brāt')   
  1. To check, adjust, or standardize a measuring instrument, usually by comparing it with an accepted model.

  2. To measure the diameter of the inside of a tube.


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