computation

noun
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

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Other Words from computation

computational \ ˌkäm-​pyu̇-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce computational (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.

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Chemist: Chemists conduct analyses and experiments in laboratories that require qualitative and quantitative computation. chicagotribune.com, "Jobs add up for students proficient in math," 19 Apr. 2018 Like many fields, architecture has been affected by computation pretty dramatically in the past 20 years. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How slime molds and mussels could be the future of architecture," 27 Nov. 2018 In particular, qubits don’t live very long, so not much computation can be done. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018 This process will create a superposition state that extends far beyond the intended 30, ruining any potential computation. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Careful phasing of a photonic qubit brings light under control," 8 Feb. 2018 In response to that question, researchers have turned their computation gun on a long-standing problem: why do luminous blue variable stars exist? Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Beautiful 3D model of stars explains changes in brightness," 8 Oct. 2018 All this computation is expensive though, and so the game only runs at 25 frames per second. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018 The former created an algorithmically generated image, and the latter distinguished if it was done by hand or by computation. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "AI-produced artwork is moving from the fringes into the high art world," 25 Sep. 2018 The computations proved to be reliable with high fidelities, too. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of computation

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

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computation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of computation

: the act or process of computing or calculating something

computation

noun
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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