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
From caliber + -ate. (Wiktionary)