Definition of Calibrate

1. Verb. Make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring. "Graduate a cylinder"

Exact synonyms: Fine-tune, Graduate
Generic synonyms: Adjust, Correct, Set
Derivative terms: Calibration, Graduate, Graduation



2. Verb. Mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units. "He calibrated the thermometer for the Celsius scale"
Generic synonyms: Label, Mark, Tag
Derivative terms: Calibration

3. Verb. Measure the caliber of. "Calibrate a gun"
Generic synonyms: Measure, Measure Out, Mensurate
Derivative terms: Caliber

Definition of Calibrate

1. 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.

Definition of Calibrate

1. Verb. To check or adjust by comparison with a standard. ¹

2. Verb. To mark the scale of a measuring instrument. ¹

3. Verb. To measure the caliber of a tube or gun. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Calibrate

1. [v -BRATED, -BRATING, -BRATES]

Medical Definition of Calibrate

1. 1. To graduate or standardise any measuring instrument. 2. To measure the diameter of a tubular structure. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Calibrate

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calibrate (current term)
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calicectomy

Literary usage of Calibrate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Electric and Magnetic Measurements by Charles Marquis Smith (1917)
"To calibrate a galvanometer used with a copper-advance thermoelement. APPARATUS. ... (3) To calibrate the galvanometer in microvolts per scale division ..."

2. Practical Electricity: A Laboratory and Lecture Course for First Year by William Edward Ayrton (1896)
"To calibrate an AMMETER by the CALORIMETRIC METHOD. PRELIMINARY.—The calorimeter provided consists of a thin ..."

3. Practical Electricity: A Laboratory and Lecture-course, for First Year by William Edward Ayrton (1891)
"To calibrate an AMMETER by the CALORIMETRIC METHOD. PRELIMINARY.—The calorimeter provided consists of a thin copper vessel supported within an air space, ..."

4. 50 Ways Farmers Can Protect Their Groundwater by Michael C. Hirschi, F. William Simmons, Doug Peterson, Ed Giles (1998)
"New nozzles do not lessen the need to calibrate because some nozzles "wear in," which means they will increase their flow rate most rapidly during the first ..."

5. Principles of Electrical Measurements by Arthur Whitmore Smith (1914)
"To calibrate the Slide Wire Bridge with Extensions.— The formula deduced for this method in eq. 5 above works very well as long as x and R are nearly equal; ..."

6. A Manual of Physical Measurements by John Oren Reed, Karl Eugen Guthe (1902)
"To calibrate a Galvanometer by means of Ohm's law. The object of this experiment is to determine whether the deflections of a galvanometer are proportional ..."

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