cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce calculation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce calculational (audio) , -​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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More than a million people across the Southeast are making the same calculations about getting out of town, and Hurricane Dorian's unclear trajectory and the exasperating slow place has complicated their decisions. NBC News, "Hurricane Dorian evacuations: 'The only people on this block who left have the money to do it'," 3 Sep. 2019 Closer to Boston, older employees and retirees are making similar calculations. Robert Weisman,, "As baby boomers watch stocks swing wildly, their future seems less secure," 3 Sep. 2019 Solmonese said part of the calculation of securing hotel space in Illinois is to ensure large delegations are able to find rooms in one hotel. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two-thirds of 2020 convention hotel rooms will be in Wisconsin, DNC official says," 23 Aug. 2019 But at National Geographic’s request, Katey Walter Anthony and Charles Koven, a modeler at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, made rough calculations that do add in emissions from abrupt thaw. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.," 16 Aug. 2019 All semester grades will be used in making the calculations, beginning with the start of ninth grade through the semester immediately preceding graduation, school officials said. Leada Gore |, al, "Alabama school system does away with valedictorians, salutatorians," 8 Aug. 2019 The average rate on interest-bearing card accounts topped 17% in May, according to Fed data, the highest in the 25 years that the central bank has been making the calculation. Robert Armstrong, Los Angeles Times, "What Fed rate cut? Credit card interest rates hit a 25-year high," 7 Aug. 2019 That software, known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, made calculations based on readings from a single external sensor on the plane, and also had no way to know if that sensor was damaged. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Southwest Airlines cancels Boeing 737 Max flights until at least November," 18 July 2019 The numbers were released Monday by state comptroller Kevin Lembo, but the final tallies for the fiscal year that ended June 30 will not be made until around Labor Day as the state makes the final calculations on balancing its official books. Christopher Keating,, "CT state budget surplus hits $700 million in good economic times," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of calculation

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

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English Language Learners Definition of calculation

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


cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce calculation (audio) \

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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