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 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 Patching these two areas will help the vast majority of vulnerabilities that might come from quantum computation. Roger Huang, Forbes, 15 June 2021 IBM Research has been experimenting with analog computation for decades, and has recently developed a chip using phase-change memory (PCM) to encode the weights of a neural net on a memory device. Karl Freund, Forbes, 2 June 2021 For those in search of a politics defined by more than material computation, Coleridge is an indispensable guide. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 In-memory computation uses flash memory cells as analog circuitry. Karl Freund, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Activities that most people find very hard, such as playing chess or doing higher mathematics, have yielded fairly readily to computation, yet many tasks that humans find easy or even trivial resist being conquered by machines. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 Moving away from an electronic model of data storage and computation and toward one based on chemistry promises tremendous improvements in physical density, portability and data parallelism. Hyunjun Park, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Getting the max often has as much to do with leverage than any metric computation. Ira Winderman,, 5 May 2021 With computation attached to storage, typically less than 5% of the data scanned is returned. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of computation

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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20 Jul 2021

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“Computation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of computation

: the act or process of computing or calculating something


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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