computation

noun
com·​pu·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pyu̇-ˈtā-shən, -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 , -​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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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 Anki isn’t storing any voice or video information in its cloud; all the computation on Vector happens locally. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out," 8 Aug. 2018 The students, who belong to the computation skill research club at Fukuyama Technical High School, were born more than half a century after the bombing. Haruka Nuga, The Seattle Times, "Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing," 7 Aug. 2018 Generally, scientific computation is done in a deterministic fashion. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 Shao, however, says experts at JPL have assured him that small satellites can provide the power, computation, and communications needed for synthetic asteroid tracking to work. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "To find small asteroids that could hit Earth, private foundation embraces small satellites," 22 May 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 \

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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