calculator

noun
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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According to a basic calculator offered on AARP's website (aarp.org), most people will need the equivalent of 10 to 12 times their base yearly income in order to generate enough income to retire and maintain their lifestyle through retirement. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Wife wants to spend down retirement nest egg," 5 Apr. 2018 According to a basic calculator offered on AARP’s website (aarp.org), most people will need the equivalent of 10 to 12 times their base yearly income in order to generate enough income to retire and maintain their lifestyle through retirement. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Wife wants to spend down retirement nest egg," 3 Apr. 2018 Its undergraduate student loan calculator, for instance, displays in real-time just how undergraduate loans work and how adjusting your repayment plan can affect your monthly loan payment. Jennifer Markert, USA TODAY, "8 ways to parent independent, financially savvy college kids," 2 Apr. 2018 There are apps to replace graphic calculators, apps that show the periodic table, apps that create paper flashcards and apps that show world maps. Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of calculator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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calculator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calculator

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

calculator

noun
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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