Etymology
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calibrate (v.)

"determine the caliber of," 1839, verb formed from caliber + -ate (2). Also "determine the relative value of" different parts of an arbitrary scale (1869). Related: calibrated; calibrating.

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Definitions of calibrate

calibrate (v.)
make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring;
calibrate an instrument
Synonyms: graduate / fine-tune
calibrate (v.)
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
calibrate (v.)
measure the caliber of;
calibrate a gun
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