cal·​cu·​la·​tor | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce calculator (audio) \

Definition of calculator

: one that calculates: such as
a : a usually electronic device for performing mathematical calculations
b : a person who operates a calculator

Examples of calculator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sir Clive invented the pocket calculator and even launched an electric vehicle (the disastrous C5) in the mid-1980s, but his eponymous company’s ZX range of affordable home computers sparked many a career in programming and game development. David Meyer, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 For its ingenuity, the calculator was awarded a Design Council Award for Electronics. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Wong recommends that users check the calculator frequently to get the best assessment of their infection risk because local case counts can change quickly. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Sep. 2021 And the fracture risk calculator is built into scanners that test bone density. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Science | AAAS, 22 July 2021 Many widows or widowers fail to use this strategy, says St. Louis certified public accountant Mike Piper, who operates the benefits calculator. Neal Templin, WSJ, 9 May 2021 The company originally launched three models, but the most eye-catching was the TI-2500 portable calculator with a price tag of $119.95, or $750 today adjusted for inflation. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 For each of the five cities (New York, Houston, San Francisco, London, and Toronto), the calculator incorporates data on local electric grid emissions and average household energy consumption. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2021 But the same calculator showed that an economics student at Morehouse College, a historically Black school in Atlanta, would be asked to repay 6.15 percent of income. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of calculator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calculator was in the 14th century

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“Calculator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of calculator

: a small electronic device that is used for adding, subtracting, etc.


cal·​cu·​la·​tor | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce calculator (audio) \

Kids Definition of calculator

1 : a person who calculates
2 : a usually small electronic device for solving mathematical problems

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