V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to mark, test, or check the accuracy of measurements or of a measuring device; 2. to make a precise adjustment

Synonyms: set, tune, graduate, fine-tune, measure, adjust, mark, standardize


Tips: Calibrate also has the specialized meaning, "to measure a gun barrel's diameter." If you ever had the displeasure of receiving a traffic ticket from an officer using a speed gun, you most likely heard the judge ask the officer if he calibrated his gun prior to using it to ensure it was properly measuring speed.

Usage Examples:

The physics students were told to calibrate their instruments before measuring the ball's velocity. (adjust, standardize)

The auto manufacturer employed several people whose job it was to calibrate the dipsticks used to check engine oil levels. (mark, measure, graduate)

The graphic designer needed to calibrate her computer monitor to match the output colors of her printer. (adjust, set)

Your measurements don't need to be calibrated so precisely; just estimate them. (measured)

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