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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The simple lines actually come from some of the fastest computers in the world, making billions of computationsAre all spaghetti models the same? Kendall Trammell And Judson Jones, CNN, "When it's hurricane season, people check the spaghetti models. Here's what they are and how to read them," 29 Aug. 2019 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster," 23 Dec. 2018 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Wired, "It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster," 23 Dec. 2018 Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as memory. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples," 14 June 2019 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster," 23 Dec. 2018 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Wired, "It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster," 23 Dec. 2018 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Quanta Magazine, "Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster," 19 Dec. 2018 Up to now, all true achievements of genome analysis, be it inference of key evolutionary events or discovery of new enzymes for genome editing, have been driven by a combination of automatic computation and human expertise. Eugene Koonin, Quartz, "What will we do once we’ve sequenced all the genomes?," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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