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adjust

Definitions

  • Adjustable Chisel-Gage. Wooden Bench-Plane
    Adjustable Chisel-Gage. Wooden Bench-Plane
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v adjust adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"
    • v adjust alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard "Adjust the clock, please","correct the alignment of the front wheels"
    • v adjust make correspondent or conformable "Adjust your eyes to the darkness"
    • v adjust place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight "align the car with the curb","align the sheets of paper on the table"
    • v adjust decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise
A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...
Fine Adjustment Valve Fine Adjustment Valve
Adjustment of the Light Adjustment of the Light

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Among transsexuals who choose sex-change operations, females who elect to become males are reportedly happier and better adjusted after the procedures than males who elect to become female.
    • Adjust To bring to a true relative position, as the parts of an instrument; to regulate for use; as, to adjust a telescope or microscope.
    • Adjust To make exact; to fit; to make correspondent or conformable; to bring into proper relations; as, to adjust a garment to the body, or things to a standard.
    • Adjust To put in order; to regulate, or reduce to system. "Adjusting the orthography."
    • Adjust To settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result; as, to adjust accounts; the differences are adjusted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If the gross for Gone With the Wind were to be adjusted to allow for inflation in the period since its release, it would be regarded as the most successful film ever.
    • adjust To fit, as one thing to another; make correspondent or conformable; adapt; accommodate: as, to adjust things to a standard.
    • adjust To put in order; regulate or reduce to system; bring to a proper state or position: as, to adjust a scheme; to adjust affairs; “adjusting the orthography,” Johnson.
    • adjust To settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result: as, to adjust accounts.
    • adjust To put forward; suggest.
    • adjust To add. Caxton. Synonyms To suit, arrange, dispose, trim, proportion, balance, conform, set right, rectify, reconcile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To go one lunar day, adjust your watch to lose two minutes and five seconds every hour.
    • v.t Adjust ad-just′ to arrange properly (with to): to regulate: to settle
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Quotations

  • William Frederick Book
    William Frederick Book
    “Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.”
  • Morarji Desai
    Morarji Desai
    “Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life.”
  • C. M. Ward
    C. M. Ward
    “There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.”
  • Jean Kerr
    Jean Kerr
    “The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.”
  • Jimmy Dean
    Jimmy Dean
    “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. ajuster, ajoster,whence F. ajouter, to add), LL. adjuxtare, to fit; fr. L. ad, + juxta, near; confused later with L. ad, and justus, just, right, whence F. ajuster, to adjust. See Just, v. t. and cf. Adjute

Usage

In literature:

He jerked open Betsy's adjustment-cover and fairly yelped his dismay.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Only time and the inexorable laws of competition will adjust men to their several tasks.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
They were happier than ever, following that adjusting episode.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
There were so many girls that it took some time for the trio to adjust themselves and to become acquainted with their mates.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
But there were other wheels concealed in that commodious body, and these were quickly taken out and adjusted.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
If a tripod be used an additional man will go under the tent to adjust it.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
If man were built upon some other scheme or plan than the rest of nature, how could he apprehend or adjust himself to Nature?
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
At length the matter was adjusted, after an interregnum of three weeks.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The beam pivots on the standard, allowing adjustments of the angle of draft.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
An alternative method of adjustment proposed, based on a new index number.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
It is customary in merchant vessels to have the compasses adjusted while the ship is in port.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
The timing of the secondary valve is adjusted by raising or lowering the pilot valve by means of the adjustment provided.
"Steam Turbines" by Hubert E. Collins
Now open the vent cock slowly, and allow the internal pressure to adjust itself to that of the atmosphere.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
By adjusting the flow of water through the pipe a continuous cooling effect of mild degree may be obtained.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
The progressive adjustment of structure to environment in the unconscious or low-conscious world is necessarily slow.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
They are supported by a fine thread hung from a screw-eye, which may be turned to adjust the position of the needles.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
The shoes adjusted, he took from the black bag a holster, which sheltered a formidable-appearing Colt's revolver.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
It is certainly true that as men learn what is, they will adjust their ideals to what is possible.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The water escapes through a leak, which is adjustable.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
I've still got these guns on a very fine adjustment of the trigger-pressure.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

These are of greatest moment
To persons and to State,
Upon their wise adjustment
Must hang progression's fate.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
And storms deface The fluid glass
In which erewhile Britannia fair
Look'd down with pride, Like Ocean's bride,
Adjusting her majestic air!
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
First wash thy face, and comb thy hair,
Thy cravat then adjust with care,
Let all thy dress be clean and tight,
For that is pleasing to the sight.
"Mr. Prichard's Advice To His Son Samuel" by Rees Prichard
IN after days when grasses high
O'er-top the stone where I shall lie,
Though ill or well the world adjust
My slender claim to honour'd dust,
I shall not question nor reply.
"In After Days" by Henry Austin Dobson
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle
Felt his brow begin to wrinkle,
And his pose assume a sad and solemn style;
But the Periwinkle trusted,
As the focus he adjusted,
That his customer would kindly try to smile.
"A Photographic Failure" by Carolyn Wells
But no: they let me laugh, and sing
My birthday song quite through, adjust
The last rose in my garland, fling
A last look on the mirror, trust
My arms to each an arm of theirs,
And so descend the castle-stairs-
"Count Gismond--Aix in Provence" by Robert Browning

In news:

Dirigo coach Dave Crutchfield had made some adjustments the offensive formation (T formation to bully the middle some), in order to even the odds and it eventually paid off.
But the biggest adjustment the Huskies (2-2) might face is the bus.
Reformulated dishwasher detergent forces consumers and businesses to adjust.
High on adjustable drip tray while dispensing .
C-After income of $48.1 million, or 39 cents a share, from an adjustment in accounting.
C-After income of $48.1 million, or 39 cents a share, from an adjustment in.
Adjusting to a new medium.
How are the fellow members of the far-flung First Family adjusting to their sudden associative celebrity.
Figured this worked better for everyone's schedule so we will be adjusting the website accordingly.
B – Feed-forward adjustment of distillate product flow.
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply to a seasonally adjusted 410,000 last week, though the figure was elevated for the second straight week by Superstorm Sandy.
Economists surveyed by the firm FactSet predict that when the Labor Department releases figures later this morning, they'll show that weekly applications rose by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000.
Smartmom's clan adjusts to the new couch.
Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe making adjustments when opponents double-team his dribble.
Adjust the router bit up or down until you make two parts that fit together with hand pressure alone.
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In science:

For this reason we will not write the arguments in the same detail, and occasionally we will leave it as an exercise to the reader to check that parts of the proof of 1.6.2 can be trivially adjusted to the current situation.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
Obviously, the theoretically derived and empirically adjusted critical surface density is clearly not applicable to the low metallicity, irregular gas disk of UGC 12695.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Either the interface adjusts itself gradually by forming ’bubbles’ or local excitations, or it jumps completely (compare with the main figure).
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
The quantitative conformity between theory based computer calculations and experiment for lot of physical parameters is very good without adjustable parameters.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The program parameters were adjusted so that all ob jects clearly identified as separate ob jects by eye were detected and deblended with SExtractor.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Several modifications and adjustments of some parameters of this parameterization have been tried.
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
One important task for reconfigurable robots is to adjust themselves in response to environmental forces.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
These two examples could be combined: including stress sensors could also allow the modules to adjust for the ob ject weight if it is to be picked up rather than just grasped.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
We examined two tasks for which the reconfigurable nature of the robots is well suited: adjusting structures to environmental stresses and grasping an ob ject whose detailed shape is not known.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Moreover, by adjusting the parameters we were also able to reproduce almost exactly the same result for the disorder dependence of the Lyapunov exponent as in Fig. 1 of .
Comment on ``Statistics of the Lyapunov Exponent in 1D random periodic-on-Average Systems" [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 81}, 5390, 1998]
There appears to be no simple way of adjusting the DNA parameters to get a good quantitative fit of the calculated osmotic pressure with experiments.
Osmotic Properties of Charged Cylinders: Critical Evaluation of Counterion Condensation Theory
The width of the attractive well can be adjusted by varying the parameter α: the smaller α the longer the range of attractions.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
By adjusting δ we can make the error from the absorption layer less than the statistical error.
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation
We note that the trilinear and scalar masses soft breaking terms depend only on the radius of the G2/SU (3) while the gaugino has an additional dependence on the possible torsion of the coset space and can be therefore further adjusted.
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
In the computation, the damping factor γ can be adjusted to reflect various situations. A transmitting source is put at the center of the dipole cloud.
Localize energy in random media: A new phase state
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