Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument): calibrate a thermometer.
  • transitive v. To determine the caliber of (a tube).
  • transitive v. To make corrections in; adjust: calibrated the polling procedures to ensure objectivity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To check or adjust by comparison with a standard.
  • v. To mark the scale of a measuring instrument.
  • v. To measure the caliber of a tube or gun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To determine the caliber of, as the interior of a thermometer-tube. See calibration.
  • Hence To determine the relative value of, as different parts of an arbitrary scale.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
  • v. measure the caliber of
  • v. mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units

Etymologies

From caliber +‎ -ate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • You hold still and you then kind of calibrate how much do I need to move my arms so they don't fly into the other guy.

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  • After Iraq indisputably began deploying chemical weapons against Iranian forces in 1983, the U.S. secretly provided Iraq with intelligence, including satellite images, to "calibrate" its chemical weapons attacks against Iranian forces.

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  • After Iraq indisputably began deploying chemical weapons against Iranian forces in 1983, the U.S. secretly provided Iraq with intelligence to "calibrate" its mustard gas attacks on Iranian troops, including satellite photos of Iranian targets.

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