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
The domestic calculus changed and Germans now support marriage equality But now, according to a 2017 survey, 83 percent of Germans support full marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Public outrage in the U.S. over the captivity and death of a college student may now change his calculus.
With college costs skyrocketing and post-college job prospects diminishing, many people have asked the question of whether the expense of four years studying subjects like Shakespeare and calculus are worth the investment.
Under the ruthlessly efficient political calculus, that makes Labrador the potentially stronger candidate.
His course load has included all honors classes and one AP — AP calculus.
His courses this year included AP calculus BC, AP U.S. government/economics and marine biology.
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.
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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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