What does calculation mean?

Definitions for calculationˌkæl kyəˈleɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word calculation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. calculation, computation, computing(noun)

    the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods

  2. calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning(noun)

    problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

  3. calculation, deliberation(noun)

    planning something carefully and intentionally

    "it was the deliberation of his act that was insulting"


  1. calculation(Noun)

    The act or process of calculating.

  2. calculation(Noun)

    The result of calculating.

  3. calculation(Noun)

    Reckoning, estimate.

    By my calculation, we should be there by midnight.

  4. calculation(Noun)

    An expectation based on circumstances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calculation(noun)

    the act or process, or the result, of calculating; computation; reckoning, estimate

  2. Calculation(noun)

    an expectation based on circumstances

  3. Origin: [OE. calculation, fr. L. calculatio; cf. OF. calcucation.]


  1. Calculation

    A calculation is a deliberate process that transforms one or more inputs into one or more results, with variable change. The term is used in a variety of senses, from the very definite arithmetical calculation of using an algorithm, to the vague heuristics of calculating a strategy in a competition, or calculating the chance of a successful relationship between two people. For example, multiplying 7 by 6 is a simple algorithmic calculation. Estimating the fair price for financial instruments using the Black–Scholes model is a complex algorithmic calculation. Statistical estimations of the likely election results from opinion polls also involve algorithmic calculations, but produces ranges of possibilities rather than exact answers. To calculate means to ascertain by computing. The English word derives from the Latin calculus, which originally meant a small stone in the gall-bladder. It also meant a pebble used for calculating, or a small stone used as a counter in an abacus. The abacus was an instrument used by Greeks and Romans for arithmetic calculations, preceding the slide-rule and the electronic calculator, and consisted of perforated pebbles sliding on an iron bars.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'calculation' in Nouns Frequency: #1676


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calculation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calculation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles Dickens:

    With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.

  2. David Yepsen:

    The political calculation has to be that this is more of a plus for a candidate for president than a minus.

  3. Fran Lebowitz:

    I've done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or or not.

  4. Amesh Adalja:

    The risk-benefit calculation [of many medical procedures] could be altered if the rise in antibiotic resistance continues.

  5. Henry Robinson Luce:

    Business more than any other occupation is a continual dealing with the future it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.

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