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[kalk] /kælk/
noun, Informal.
a calculator, especially a small portable one.
Origin of calc
by shortening


a combining form of calcareous:
variant of calci- before a vowel:
< German Kalk lime < Latin calc- (stem of calx) lime, limestone; see calx, chalk


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  • I calc'late to spend five dollars, and I've got it to spend.

    The Wooing of Calvin Parks Laura E. Richards
  • I calc'late I knows that bit o' kintry better'n any white man.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • I don't want to burn you, and I calc'late the figger you're payin' is clost to bein' fair.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • calc'late that'll run about any mill folks'll want to build.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • I calc'late, mebby it was jest fer a josh them troops waited on the aidge, ready to go in if he didn't git back a certain time!

  • "I calc'late he thought he said a plenty," Scattergood replied.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • "I calc'late mebbe there air fifty, mebbe a hundred," he answered.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • calc'late they'll be makin' pulp here to ship to their paper mills.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • I calc'late mebby you think it's FUN to drag that there burro up over them rocks?

  • "calc'late you been robbin' a train or somethin'," said Scattergood, mildly.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for calc


combining form
a variant of calci-
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