What does calculus mean?

Definitions for calculus
ˈkæl kyə ləs; -ˌlaɪcal·cu·lus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calculus, concretionnoun

    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, tophusnoun

    an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums

  3. calculus, infinitesimal calculusnoun

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


  1. calculusnoun

    calculation, computation

  2. calculusnoun

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

  3. calculusnoun

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

  4. calculusnoun

    A stony concretion that forms in a bodily organ.

    renal calculus ( = kidney stone)

  5. calculusnoun

    Deposits of calcium phosphate salts on teeth.

  6. calculusnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CALCULUSnoun

    The stone in the bladder.

    Etymology: Latin.


  1. Calculus

    Calculus, originally called infinitesimal calculus or "the calculus of infinitesimals", is the mathematical study of continuous change, in the same way that geometry is the study of shape, and algebra is the study of generalizations of arithmetic operations. It has two major branches, differential calculus and integral calculus; the former concerns instantaneous rates of change, and the slopes of curves, while the latter concerns accumulation of quantities, and areas under or between curves. These two branches are related to each other by the fundamental theorem of calculus, and they make use of the fundamental notions of convergence of infinite sequences and infinite series to a well-defined limit.Infinitesimal calculus was developed independently in the late 17th century by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Later work, including codifying the idea of limits, put these developments on a more solid conceptual footing. Today, calculus has widespread uses in science, engineering, and social science.


  1. calculus

    Calculus is a branch of mathematics that studies continuous change. It consists of two related aspects: differential calculus, which concerns rates of change and slopes of curves, and integral calculus, which concerns accumulation of quantities and areas under curves. Calculus is used in many fields such as physics, engineering, economics, statistics, etc., to solve complex problems and understand the changes in systems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calculusnoun

    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. Calculusnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of calculus in a Sentence

  1. Elissa Slotkin:

    There just have to be some decisions that are beyond the political calculus.

  2. President Obama:

    For the Syrian government to utilize chemical weapons on its people crosses a line that will change my calculus and how the United States approaches these issues.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

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