Definitions for calibrateˈkæl əˌbreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cal•i•brateˈkæl əˌbreɪt(v.t.)-brat•ed, -brat•ing.

  1. to set or check the graduation of (a quantitative measuring instrument). to mark (a thermometer or other instrument) with indexes of degree or quantity.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. to determine the correct range for (a gun, mortar, etc.) by observing where the fired projectile hits.

    Category: Military

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calibrate, graduate, fine-tune(verb)

    make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring

    "calibrate an instrument"; "graduate a cylinder"

  2. calibrate(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"

  3. calibrate(verb)

    measure the caliber of

    "calibrate a gun"


  1. calibrate(Verb)

    To check or adjust by comparison with a standard.

  2. calibrate(Verb)

    To mark the scale of a measuring instrument.

  3. calibrate(Verb)

    To measure the caliber of a tube or gun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calibrate(verb)

    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

Anagrams of calibrate

  1. bacterial

Translations for calibrate

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to mark out the scale on (a measuring instrument).

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