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calibrate
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Definition make fine adjustments; or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
  • She calibrated the oscilloscope for better measurement.
calibrated = made fine adjustments
  • He calibrated the thermometer for the Celsius scale.
  • Andil and the technicians were there to calibrate and experiment.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • They had no instrument to calibrate how much punishment he could take.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • My mother had always been the point that I calibrated myself against.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Today about two-thirds of a typical casino's profits now come from slots and video poker — machines that are precisely calibrated to take your money.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • It required a calibrated environment, like the orchids in the flower shop.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Jason studied the airspeed, calibrating the knots on the map and calculating the estimated distance he wanted.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • His dad had calibrated the machine for these longer rides, saying that it would make the live rides easier by comparison.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • But he'd always be off balance, never calibrated exactly right.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • My body was a beautiful, perfect economy, every feature calibrated, everything in balance.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He infused the radioactive tagging substance, a magnesium isotope, into the monkey and calibrated the scanner.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Yes, narcosamine is safe enough, and can be calibrated fairly accurately.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • We had buttons, we had circuits, and it could all be mapped and explained, reprogrammed and calibrated.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The picture showed the full length of Harrison against a background calibrated in feet and inches.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Harrison Bergeron
  • Director Sato paced before him, puffing calmly on her cigarette—the equivalent of ecoterrorism in this carefully calibrated environment.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Then I ran a drill press to set up and calibrate the end pieces.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • That data can quickly be used to calibrate the outside temperature.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • In this agonizing fashion I climbed toward above, progressing in increments calibrated in inches.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The computer is going to send a signal to calibrate the transponder, and the transponder is going to send a signal back.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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