Definition of calculus
calculiplay \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\ also
1a : a method of computation or calculation in a special notation (as of logic or symbolic logic)b : the mathematical methods comprising differential and integral calculus —often used with the
2 : calculation … even political conservatives agree that an economic calculus must give way to a strategic consciousness when national or global security is at stake. — Stephen H. Schneider
3a : a concretion usually of mineral salts around organic material found especially in hollow organs or ductsb : 1tartar 1
4 : a system or arrangement of intricate or interrelated parts
Examples of calculus in a Sentence
by my calculus the more efficient air conditioner will have paid for itself within a span of five years
Recent Examples of calculus from the Web
So withdrawing from the Paris deal should not meaningfully change that political calculus, in this view.
The president evidently intends to follow his own misguided calculus.
At Trinity, Yang was a top student who took Advanced Placement chemistry and calculus as a 10th grader — far sooner than most students do — and plenty of other tough courses in the following years.
But the organizational calculus could be dictated by the club’s position in the middle of July.
But add your pre-calculus and AP English classes on top of all that and high school can sometimes seem impossible to bear.
Another reason there was an agenda to promote the story was that Newton had been involved in a dispute with the philosopher-mathematician [Gottfried Wilhelm] Leibniz over the discovery of calculus.
Just like detailed knowledge of a particular scientific discipline, an understanding of calculus highlights connections which are otherwise hidden in plain sight.
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Did You Know?
In Latin calculus meant “pebble.” Because the Romans used pebbles to do addition and subtraction on a counting board, the word became associated with computation. Other English derivatives include calculator and calculation. Calculus itself has been borrowed into English as a medical term that refers to masses of matter in the body such as kidney stones (a straightforward extension of the meaning “pebble”) and to refer to a system of mathematical computation.
Origin and Etymology of calculus
Latin, stone (used in reckoning)
First Known Use: 1666See Words from the same year
CALCULUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of calculus for English Language Learners
: an advanced branch of mathematics that deals mostly with rates of change and with finding lengths, areas, and volumes
CALCULUS Defined for Kids
Definition of calculus for Students
: a branch of mathematics that deals mostly with rates of change and with finding lengths, areas, and volumes
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