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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There are plenty of pet calorie calculators online. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "More than half of American dogs are overweight. Including mine, apparently.," 9 July 2018 The researchers used the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's living wage calculator to determine living expenses. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 People can use a number of calculators to gauge their personal risk for heart disease. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Statins help lower cholesterol, but are they the treatment for you?," 26 Feb. 2018 And calculators and mental math are no longer necessary; the brands have taken the liberty of crunching the numbers for you. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "9 Beauty Products Supporting 2018's Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and How Much They're Donating)," 11 Oct. 2018 Or, plug your measurements into an automatic mulch calculator. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How Much Mulch Do I Need? Here's the Easiest Way to Find Out," 6 Feb. 2019 Spencer Greenberg, founder of, created a time-and-money calculator to elucidate the inconsistencies. WSJ, "Stop Wasting Money and Start Saving Time: A Guide to Being Smart With Both," 8 Dec. 2018 The net price calculators available on every college’s site can help identify likely candidates. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to fund college if you didn’t save enough," 8 Oct. 2018 Prodigious French mathematician, physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal is perhaps best known for creating the mechanical calculator. CNN, "20 world-changing inventions from under 20s," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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