calibrate

[kal-uh-breyt]
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:
1860–65; caliber + -ate1

calibration, noun
calibrator, calibrater, noun
intercalibration, noun
recalibrate, verb (used with object), recalibrated, recalibrating.
uncalibrated, adjective
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calibrate (ˈkælɪˌbreɪt)
 
vb
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)
 
cali'bration
 
n
 
'calibrator
 
n
 
'calibrater
 
n

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Main Entry:  recalibrate
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to correct a measuring process by checking or adjusting again in comparison with a standard
Example:  The archaeologist recalibrated radiocarbon dates to adjust them to calendar years, using results gained from dendrochronology.
Etymology:  1909
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calibrate
1864, verb formed from caliber + -ate (2). Related: calibrated; calibrating; calibration.
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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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calibrate   (kāl'ə-brāt')  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
If so, then recalibrate whatever-it-is-you're-marking to compensate.
But when adding new contributions, use them to recalibrate.
Such contracts deprive insurers of the opportunity to recalibrate risks.
After a shutdown it can take hours to recalibrate machinery.
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