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 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 Those regulations bear a similarity to the Biden proposal: Both require the computation of the effective foreign tax rate of each foreign subsidiary of a U.S. multinational. WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 That means if there’s a problem in the circuits, the computation will still be able to run. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2021 In this film, three researchers challenge the structural approach and propose alternative ways to find drugs; some cutting edge, such as computation, and some ancient, such as searching for chemicals deep in the rain forest. The Editors, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2013 Allado-McDowell starts by asking why both authors have so far mainly referenced the work of famous men in their discussions of computation and futurism. Elvia Wilk, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2021 The idea of using light for computation is far from new, dating back to the 1950s. Will Knight, Wired, 10 Mar. 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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14 Jun 2021

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“Computation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 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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