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
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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
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