com·​pu·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pyu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce computation (audio) , -pyü- \

Definition of computation

1a : the act or action of computing : calculation
b : the use or operation of a computer
2 : a system of reckoning
3 : an amount computed

Other Words from computation

computational \ ˌkäm-​pyu̇-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce computation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​pyü-​ \ adjective
computationally adverb

Examples of computation in a Sentence

methods used for the computation of taxes The solution required a series of computations.
Recent Examples on the Web Advanced PETs include differential privacy, homomorphic encryption and secure multi-party computation. Sanjeev Mohan, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Fortunately, recent advances in genomics, chemistry and computation are enabling scientists to be more targeted and efficient in the search for lifesaving medicines from the sea. Stephanie Stone, Scientific American, 23 July 2022 Instead of focusing on tag-to-anchor communication, the Nozomi Networks team looked at communications between the anchors and the server where all the computation happens. Max Eddy, PCMAG, 11 Aug. 2022 In one of these software systems, a large computer (the prover) validates financial transactions and places the validation computation into a PCP, so that a smaller computer (the verifier) can validate the transactions much faster. Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2022 For a standard surface code, magic-state distillation consumes 99 percent of the overall computation. Zaira Nazario, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 The computation must be refreshed many times a second and often uses what some call machine-learning algorithms these days. Mung Chiang, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The remarkable results show a model that is more accurate, faster, uses a fraction of the parameters of SOTA models in use today, all while consuming far less computation and energy. Karl Freund, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Xiaodi Hou, a graduate of the California Institute of Technology who holds a Ph.D. in computation and neural systems, said the December event showed the company had cleared the final technological hurdle ahead of commercializing autonomous trucks. Kate O’keeffe And Heather Somerville, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of computation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Sep 2022

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com·​pu·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce computation (audio) \

Kids Definition of computation

1 : the act or action of determining by use of mathematics
2 : a result obtained by using mathematics

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