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ˌkæl kyəˈleɪ ʃəncal·cu·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calculation, computation, computingnoun

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

  2. calculation, computation, figuring, reckoningnoun

    problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

  3. calculation, deliberationnoun

    planning something carefully and intentionally

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


  1. calculationnoun

    The act or process of calculating.

  2. calculationnoun

    The result of calculating.

  3. calculationnoun

    Reckoning, estimate.

    By my calculation, we should be there by midnight.

  4. calculationnoun

    An expectation based on circumstances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calculationnoun

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

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

  2. Calculationnoun

    an expectation based on circumstances

    Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. calculation

    The act and process of to calculate.

    The computer calculation was accurate, easy and simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of calculation in a Sentence

  1. Greg Fayer:

    Hillair’s damages include over $ 10 million in funds actually invested in the Kardashian Beauty line, as well as the value of Hillair’s equity stake in the venture, hillair’s equity stake is currently valued at between $ 64 million and $ 180 million, depending on the method of calculation ….

  2. President Barack Obama:

    I think it is possible over the next several months that we both see a shift in calculation in the Russians and a recognition that it's time to bring the civil war in Syria to a close.

  3. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park:

    There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

  4. Nikola Tesla, New York Times, October 19, 1931:

    If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search... I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.

  5. Michael Cohen:

    For Trump, the calculation may be that 'this is where the CEOs are, this is where jobs are for my country, so this is what I’m going to do,' he may see this as a business conference where he can talk up the country and its resources and get more investment.

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    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    • A. conform
    • B. interrogate
    • C. fudge
    • D. inspire

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