cal·​cu·​la·​tor | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce calculator (audio) \

Definition of calculator

: one that calculates: such as
a : a usually electronic device for performing mathematical calculations
b : a person who operates a calculator

Examples of calculator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plugging in all the scenarios to the win probability calculator — including that Seattle was a 7-point favorite — shows the Vikings had a 26.2% chance to win after missing the conversion. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Vikings aftermath: When the right decisions yield the wrong results," 12 Oct. 2020 Bewick set up an online calculator that, based on disease levels in their students’ home states, schools could use to predict how many students might be infected when the school year starts. Dallas News, "How Texas campuses may be missing the silent spread of the coronavirus," 30 Aug. 2020 That narrowly put him in the obese category, according to a CDC calculator of body-mass index. Natasha Khan And James Hookway, WSJ, "Trump Tests Positive for Covid: Here’s What Happens Next," 2 Oct. 2020 The calculator offered an alternative and a viable path forward. Annie Vainshtein,, "How does an SF house with 11 roommates navigate the coronavirus? It’s complicated," 18 Sep. 2020 About $77 of that goes directly to the police department, the largest amount received by any city department listed on the calculator app. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "What’s next for Denver police? Calls for reform of city’s police mount as protests continue," 7 June 2020 Meanwhile, the inflation rate over the past 12 months is 1%, according to the U.S. inflation calculator. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "The trouble with stock prices? No competition," 5 Sep. 2020 There are 16 preloaded graphing calculator software apps, including EE*Pro, CellSheet, and NoteFolio. Popular Science, "The best graphing calculators for students," 4 Sep. 2020 While the average person would still be reaching for their calculator, 20-year-old Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash already has the answer. Akanksha Sharma, CNN, "How a child with a fractured skull trained his brain to become the 'world's fastest human calculator'," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of calculator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calculator was in the 14th century

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17 Oct 2020

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“Calculator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of calculator

: a small electronic device that is used for adding, subtracting, etc.


cal·​cu·​la·​tor | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce calculator (audio) \

Kids Definition of calculator

1 : a person who calculates
2 : a usually small electronic device for solving mathematical problems

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