- The definition of calibrate means to correct or adjust the graduations of something that measures, in comparison to a certain standard.
- An example of to calibrate is to move an iPhone compass into the correct position.
- An example of to calibrate is to set a scale at zero.
transitive verbcal·i·brat·ed, cal·i·brat·ing, cal·i·brates
- To check, adjust, or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument): calibrate a thermometer.
- a. To make corrections in; adjust: calibrated the polling procedures to ensure objectivity.b. To adjust (a display setting) so that recorded images are accurately reproduced: calibrated the tint on the computer monitor.
- To determine the caliber of (a tube).
(third-person singular simple present calibrates, present participle calibrating, simple past and past participle calibrated)
From caliber + -ate.
calibrate - Computer Definition
To measure the accuracy of a device, instrument, system, or process relative to a known standard and to adjust it, as necessary, in order that it conform to that standard over the range of its operation.