Calibrate Cal"i*brate, v. i. To ascertain the caliber of, as of a thermometer tube; also, more generally, to determine or rectify the graduation of, as of the various standards or graduated instruments. [1913 Webster]

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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

  • calibrate — ► VERB 1) mark (a gauge or instrument) with a standard scale of readings. 2) compare the readings of (an instrument) with those of a standard. 3) adjust (experimental results) to take external factors into account or to allow comparison with… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • calibrate — [[t]kæ̱lɪbreɪt[/t]] calibrates, calibrating, calibrated 1) VERB If you calibrate an instrument or tool, you mark or adjust it so that you can use it to measure something accurately. [TECHNICAL] [V n] ...instructions on how to calibrate a… …   English dictionary

  • 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

  • calibrate — verb Calibrate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑clock …   Collocations dictionary

  • 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

  • calibrate — 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 …   Universalium

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