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

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Answer a few questions on this simple salary calculator from Glassdoor to find out the salary range for someone with your specific experience, location, and title. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Negotiate a Salary Offer With Confidence," 1 Aug. 2019 Electronics such as computers, calculators and phones come in second at $203.44. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Families are expected to spend more on back-to-school this year than ever. Here's how you can save money.," 2 Aug. 2019 Shoppers this weekend will be able to save money on sales taxes when buying back-to-school supplies like backpacks, calculators and notebooks, but those won’t be the only tax-free items. Austin Fuller,, "Tax-free holiday starts Friday. On no-tax list: School supplies, computers and ... lingerie?," 29 July 2019 Websites for a child support calculator and the Judicial Council of Georgia were also unavailable. Mark Niesse, ajc, "Georgia courts website back online after ransomware hack," 5 July 2019 To see the difference that contribution limits would make in Oregon, try out The Oregonian/OregonLive’s calculator. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Limits on Oregon campaign money are dead. But voters may still get to weigh in.," 14 June 2019 Expect new apps for the Apple Watch including a calculator and voice memos and the app store. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need To Know From Apple's WWDC Keynote," 3 June 2019 The goal is for the calculator to be ready for the later part of the filing season, which starts around March 1, said Martha O’Gorman, the company’s chief marketing officer. Suzanne Woolley,, "Eight ways to prepare for big tax law changes this filing season," 3 Feb. 2018 Part of the influence of computers on chess is, naturally, that players play more like computers: the best ones have become incredible calculators. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Magnus Carlsen Was Defeated, But the Draw Remains Dominant in Chess," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of calculator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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