computation

noun

com·​pu·​ta·​tion ˌkäm-pyu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce computation (audio)
-pyü-
1
a
: the act or action of computing : calculation
b
: the use or operation of a computer
2
: a system of reckoning
3
: an amount computed
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 The analytical engine would have been able to choose which instruction to follow based on the outcome of a previous computation—a skill called conditional branching. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 4 June 2024 In a string of recent papers, researchers have shown that most cryptographic tasks could still be accomplished securely even in hypothetical worlds where practically all computation is easy. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 3 June 2024 Over the last decade, the amount of computation used to train large AI models has increased by nine orders of magnitude. Mustafa Suleyman, Foreign Affairs, 23 Jan. 2024 While the trade-machine computations and jersey-swap photo alterations can have fans fantasizing about Trae Young or some other All-Star-ish player, the margins are where the Lakers’ roster has to improve most. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for computation 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of computation was in the 15th century

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“Computation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/computation. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

computation

noun
com·​pu·​ta·​tion ˌkäm-pyu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce computation (audio)
1
: the act or action of computing : calculation
2
: a system of calculating especially by mathematical means
3
: an amount computed
computational
-shnəl How to pronounce computation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

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