calibration, n.calibrator, calibrater, n.
/kal"euh brayt'/, v.t., 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.
[1860-65; CALIBER + -ATE1]

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Universalium. 2010.


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  • calibrate — index adjust (regulate), assess (appraise), gauge, measure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • calibrate — 1864, verb formed from CALIBER (Cf. caliber) + ATE (Cf. ate) (2). Related: calibrated; calibrating; calibration …   Etymology dictionary

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  • calibrate — [kal′ə brāt΄] vt. calibrated, calibrating 1. to determine the caliber of 2. to fix, check, or correct the graduations of (a measuring instrument, as a thermometer) calibration n. calibrator n …   English World dictionary

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  • calibrate — UK [ˈkæləˌbreɪt] / US [ˈkælɪˌbreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms calibrate : present tense I/you/we/they calibrate he/she/it calibrates present participle calibrating past tense calibrated past participle calibrated 1) to check or change a piece… …   English dictionary

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  • calibrate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. graduate; rectify. See measurement. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [KAL uh brayt] to adjust; to check for accuracy. The inspector came to calibrate the meat scales. SYN.: adjust …   English dictionary for students

  • calibrate — transitive verb ( brated; brating) Date: circa 1864 1. to ascertain the caliber of (as a thermometer tube) 2. to determine, rectify, or mark the graduations of (as a thermometer tube) 3. to standardize (as a measuring instrument) by determining… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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