miscalculation

noun
mis·​cal·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌmis-ˌkal-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce miscalculation (audio) \
plural miscalculations

Definition of miscalculation

: a mistake in calculation : wrong calculation a costly miscalculation … ruled that utility shareholders, not electricity consumers, must pay for some or all of the miscalculations that resulted in excessive expansion or cost overruns.— Peter Nulty

First Known Use of miscalculation

1653, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about miscalculation

Time Traveler for miscalculation

Time Traveler

The first known use of miscalculation was in 1653

See more words from the same year

Statistics for miscalculation

Cite this Entry

“Miscalculation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscalculation. Accessed 18 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on miscalculation

What made you want to look up miscalculation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!