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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 Then, use a carbon footprint calculator to determine the carbon cost of your secondhand processes. Bruce Mcmeekin, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Entry-level crew members, such as script coordinators, make $15 to $18 an hour, while the living wage in Los Angeles, where many studios are located, is $19.35 an hour, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living-wage calculator. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Beta button will request permission to assess driving behavior using Tesla insurance calculator. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 30 Sep. 2021 Built by impact experts, this calculator allows researchers to estimate the many details of a cosmic impact event, based on known impact events and nuclear detonations. Christopher R. Moore, The Conversation, 20 Sep. 2021 Along with the addition of Python, the new model of calculator will also have familiar features like durability, a long-lasting battery and full-color screen. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 29 July 2021 This calculator tells you which asset to liquidate. William Baldwin, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Dollar General’s digital ecosystem offers customers digital coupons, a shopping list feature, a cart calculator, budgeting tool, and an ecommerce site. David Trainer, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 And finally, my favorite: a 1987 Mayfair Sound Products calculator, made in Japan. Seija Rankin,, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of calculator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Calculator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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