What does calculus mean?

Definitions for calculusˈkæl kyə ləs; -ˌlaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calculus, concretion(noun)

    a hard lump produced by the concretion of mineral salts; found in hollow organs or ducts of the body

    "renal calculi can be very painful"

  2. tartar, calculus, tophus(noun)

    an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums

  3. calculus, infinitesimal calculus(noun)

    the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions


  1. calculus(Noun)

    calculation, computation

  2. calculus(Noun)

    Any formal system in which symbolic expressions are manipulated according to fixed rules.

  3. calculus(Noun)

    Differential calculus and integral calculus considered as a single subject; analysis.

  4. calculus(Noun)

    A stony concretion that forms in a bodily organ.

    renal calculus ( = kidney stone)

  5. calculus(Noun)

    Deposits of calcium phosphate salts on teeth.

  6. calculus(Noun)

    A decision-making method, especially one appropriate for a specialised realm.

  7. Origin: calculus, diminutive of calx + -ulus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calculus(noun)

    any solid concretion, formed in any part of the body, but most frequent in the organs that act as reservoirs, and in the passages connected with them; as, biliary calculi; urinary calculi, etc

  2. Calculus(noun)

    a method of computation; any process of reasoning by the use of symbols; any branch of mathematics that may involve calculation

  3. Origin: [L, calculus. See Calculate, and Calcule.]


  1. Calculus

    Calculus is the mathematical study of change, in the same way that geometry is the study of shape and algebra is the study of operations and their application to solving equations. It has two major branches, differential calculus, and integral calculus; these two branches are related to each other by the fundamental theorem of calculus. Both branches make use of the fundamental notions of convergence of infinite sequences and infinite series to a well-defined limit. Calculus has widespread uses in science, economics, and engineering and can solve many problems that algebra alone cannot. Calculus is a major part of modern mathematics education. A course in calculus is a gateway to other, more advanced courses in mathematics devoted to the study of functions and limits, broadly called mathematical analysis. Calculus has historically been called "the calculus of infinitesimals", or "infinitesimal calculus". The word "calculus" comes from Latin and means a small stone used for counting. More generally, calculus refers to any method or system of calculation guided by the symbolic manipulation of expressions. Some examples of other well-known calculi are propositional calculus, calculus of variations, lambda calculus, and process calculus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calculus

    kal′kū-lus, n. a stone-like concretion which forms in certain parts of the body: one of the higher branches of mathematics:—pl. Calculi (kal′kū-li).—adj. Cal′culose, stony or like stone: gritty: affected with stone or with gravel.—Calculus of finite differences not merely does not consider differentials, but does not assume continuity.—Differential calculus, a method of treating the values of ratios of differentials or the increments of quantities continually varying; Integral calculus, the summation of an infinite series of differentials. [L.—calx.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calculus in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calculus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Kugelman:

    The operational calculus is not really going to change at this point.

  2. Philip Breedlove:

    What we do believe is that we should consider changing the decision calculus of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. That's what we look at.

  3. Jake Weigler:

    The calculus here, with other elected officials, has been more about the good of the party, the good of the progressive agenda in the state and whether the governor can continue to serve in the office.

  4. Analyst Henry:

    That was a body blow [for Abe] because it's no longer a political issue, it's a legal issue. It changes the calculus and the dynamics, it's now in the courts. And the government is powerless to do anything about it.

  5. Antonin Artaud:

    But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.

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