calculus

noun cal·cu·lus \ -ləs \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of calculus

plural calculi play \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\ also calculuses
1 a :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
3 a :a concretion usually of mineral salts around organic material found especially in hollow organs or ducts
b :1tartar 1
4 :a system or arrangement of intricate or interrelated parts

Examples of calculus in a Sentence

  1. by my calculus the more efficient air conditioner will have paid for itself within a span of five years

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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)

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CALCULUS Defined for English Language Learners

calculus

noun

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

calculus

noun cal·cu·lus \ ˈkal-kyə-ləs \

Definition of calculus for Students

:a branch of mathematics that deals mostly with rates of change and with finding lengths, areas, and volumes

Medical Dictionary

calculus

noun cal·cu·lus \ -ləs \

medical Definition of calculus

plural calculi play \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\ also calculuses
1 :a concretion usually of mineral salts around organic material found especially in hollow organs or ducts
2 :a concretion on teeth :tartar


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