cal·cu·la·tor | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tər \

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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Taken during the incident were a Tumi laptop bag and the victim’s passport, 10 Fashion Island gift cards, an HP calculator and a black case., "Crime Report: Burglary victim believes thief accessed home by using garage door remote control," 11 July 2018 Kazuo Kashio, one of four brothers who founded Casio Computer, the Japanese company behind G-Shock watches, calculators and other electronics equipment, died June 18 at a Tokyo hospital. Yuri Kageyama, Washington Post, "Kazuo Kashio, co-founder of Casio electronics company, dies at 89," 20 June 2018 Make your own projections, with the calculator below: Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks had season-ending surgery on his left ankle Thursday, the team announced. Rich Exner,, "With Dirk Nowitzki out, LeBron James on pace to pass him on scoring list early next season, then Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan," 5 Apr. 2018 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., "8 ways to prepare for big tax law changes this filing season," 3 Feb. 2018 Debate has been raging about who should take statins, and several studies have taken issue with the accuracy of the risk calculator. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Statin recommendations may change, especially for African-Americans," 4 June 2018 So think of this calculator as your very logical friend, who never judges but always gives you real talk. Glamour, "Introducing the Glamour Cost-Per-Wear Calculator: An Easy Answer to 'Should I Buy That?'," 24 Apr. 2018 The online calculator allows taxpayers to compare how much their employer is withholding for taxes on their pay stub to a government projection of how much should be withheld. The Washington Post,, "IRS tool can spot whether you're paying enough in taxes," 28 Feb. 2018 Input your materials into one of the free compost calculators available online. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Ladies and gentlemen, start your compost," 14 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of calculator

1 : a person who calculates

2 : a usually small electronic device for solving mathematical problems

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