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Definition of Calibration

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act of calibrating, act of determining or adjusting an instrument's readings, adjusting, tuning
Calibration Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The process of estimating the caliber a tube, as of a thermometer tube, in order to graduate it to a scale of degrees; also, more generally, the determination of the true value of the spaces in any graduated instrument.
  
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calibration
\cal`ibra"*tion\ (?), n. the process of estimating the caliber a tube, as of a thermometer tube, in order to graduate it to a scale of degrees; also, more generally, the determination of the true value of the spaces in any graduated instrument.
calibration
n : the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument; "the thermometer needed calibration" [syn: standardization, standardisation]



WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument; "the thermometer needed calibration"
(synonym) standardization, standardisation
(hypernym) activity
(hyponym) tuning
(derivation) calibrate
Calibration Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
eng-iso
The comparison of a measurement instrument or system of unverified accuracy to a measurement instrument or system of known accuracy to detect any variation from the required performance specification.
Raynet Business & Marketing Glossary
involves the matching of a measurement device with another that is known to be equal or superior in its measurement accuracy in order to determine the divergence in measurement between the two. The divergence is measured in gradations.
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Manufacturing Terms
adjusting or setting an instrument to give readings that are accurate within a reference standard
Calibration Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
Rabintex Ballistic Dictionary
Caliber adjustment. 
Calibration Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
BioProcess International™ Glossary
testing with standard materials to establish a relation between peak location (retention time) and identity and/or peak size and quantity.
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General Chemistry Glossary
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Calibration is correcting a measuring instrument by measuring values whose true values are known. Calibration minimizes systematic error .
NRC Nuclear Energy Glossary
The adjustment, as necessary, of a measuring device such that it responds within the required range and accuracy to known values of input.
A service to the public by The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Oil and Gas Field Glossary
Comparison and adjustment of instruments, prior to use, to known basic reference points often traceable to the National Bureau of Standards. When calibrating instruments, often one of the reference points is "zero", thereby providing the means to establish the gain (slope) and the offset (y-intercept).
WEATHER&METEOROLOGY
as well as de-cluttering for permanent echoes, and other adjustments, rainfall radar returns are calibrated (in real-time) against a network of telemetering rain gauges. This means of course that if the return is over areas without rain gauges (e.g. the sea), over-reading can occur, and caution is needed in blindly following radar imagery to assess rainfall rates/accumulations for this reason.
Technical English by wpv
The comparison of transducer voltage outputs against the outputs of a reference standard.
Aviation - English - Spintra.com
A basic control to a data source from controls and displays for calibrating a device; Also, a procedure to adjust physical devices so that they provide the most accurate results possible; calibration procedures commonly result in correction factors to be downloaded from the host processor to the device; during calibration, the device is usually not available; See Also: alignment, boresighting, initialization;
Calibration Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Steve's Digicams Digital Camera Dictionary
The act of adjusting the color of one device relative to another, such as a monitor to a printer, or a scanner to a film recorder. Or, it may be the process of adjusting the color of one device to some established standard.
The CD Recordable Glossary
PCA or Program Calibration Area. Space at the beginning of the CD for calibrating the laser to read or write to the CD.
Digital Imaging, Pre-Press & Desktop Publishing
the process of adjusting a monitor or scanner to a repeatable standard. A monitor is adjusted to a specific contrast (Gamma), brightness, and whitepoint color balance.
Calibration Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Calibration is a comparison between measurements – one of known magnitude or correctness made or set with one device and another measurement made in as similar a way as possible with a second device.

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Calibration Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
 A procedure which checks or adjusts an instrument's accuracy by comparison with a standard or reference.
Calibration Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
Commonly referred to as 'alignment', the adjustment of tape-recorder electronics and head alignment to achieve the best performance for the type of tape being used.
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