Calibrate



to determine, check, or rectify the graduation of (any instrument giving quantitative measurements).
to divide or mark with gradations, graduations, or other indexes of degree, quantity, etc., as on a thermometer, measuring cup, or the like.
to determine the correct range for (an artillery gun, mortar, etc.) by observing where the fired projectile hits.
to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal, etc.:
a sales strategy calibrated to rich investors.
Contemporary Examples

Israel’s Secret Iran Attack Plan: Electronic Warfare Eli Lake November 15, 2011
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Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’ The Daily Beast February 7, 2013
Richard Holbrooke on the Dayton Peace Accords Richard Holbrooke December 14, 2010
Motion Capture Maestro Andy Serkis on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and Revolutionizing Cinema Marlow Stern July 7, 2014

Historical Examples

Three years in France with the Guns: C. A. Rose
Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son John Mills
The Aeroplane Speaks H. Barber

verb (transitive)
to measure the calibre of (a gun, mortar, etc)
to mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that readings can be made in appropriate units
to determine the accuracy of (a measuring instrument, etc)
to determine or check the range and accuracy of (a piece of artillery)
v.

cal’i·bra’tor n.
calibrate
(kāl’ə-brāt’)

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