calculation

noun
cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of calculation

1a : the process or an act of calculating
b : the result of an act of calculating
2a : studied care in analyzing or planning
b : cold heartless planning to promote self-interest

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Other Words from calculation

calculational \ ˌkal-​kyə-​ˈlāsh-​nəl , -​ˈlā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of calculation in a Sentence

According to experts' calculations, that star will explode within two billion years. The computer can do millions of calculations each second. Careful calculation is required to determine the required amount of fuel. The book reveals the cold calculations that were behind the government's policies. His positions are based on political calculation of what voters want to hear.
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Because next up would be bright green, according to my calculation. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Not Only Is Cardi B's Hair Now Pink, It's Double Ombré Pink," 10 Jan. 2019 Their calculations matched, but the two researchers wanted to be sure. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Celebrating 40 Years of Pluto's Largest Moon, Charon," 14 July 2018 Natisri posted several photos and videos from the mission on Facebook, showing his calculations for the water pumping. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Illinois restaurant owner joins effort to rescue boys trapped in Thai cave," 9 July 2018 According to my calculations, 73.2 percent of black women have a photograph of Barack and Michelle in their phones as an example of black love. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 That overall weakening trade shaved 8.6% from China’s overall economic activity, according to calculations by The Wall Street Journal, which are based on official data. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Annual Economic Growth Rate Is Slowest Since 1990," 21 Jan. 2019 And at the district level, according to Bitzer’s calculations, the Ninth had a much higher rate of unreturned absentee ballots than any other district in North Carolina. Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 The experimental results could then be compared to extensive calculations using multiple models. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 Over the course of the summit, Trump upped his demand to 4 percent, a target that is above the United States’ own spending on defense, according to NATO calculations. Tessa Berenson/brussels, Time, "'NATO Is Much Stronger Now': Trump Claims Victory After Contentious Summit," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of calculation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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calculation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calculation

: a process or result of calculating something
: careful thought and planning that is done usually for selfish reasons

calculation

noun
cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of calculation

: the process or result of adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing Careful calculation is required. Our calculations indicate a slight increase.

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