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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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  • "It's about time to bait, I calc'late," remarked the pedler.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • Howsumever, we tightened her up a bit, an' calc'lated she'd hold through.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He looks to me like a man that's calc'latin' to do some kind of ill-turn to somebody.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • "I expect he calc'lated I'd go racin'," dryly answered Scott.

    The Wit of Women

    Kate Sanborn
  • I calc'late I knows that bit o' kintry better'n any white man.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • I calc'late to spend five dollars, and I've got it to spend.

    The Wooing of Calvin Parks Laura E. Richards
  • But I calc'late if they's another one Johnny n' me kin make it, mebby.

  • I calc'late to skin out o' this and into the mountains to-morrer.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Now, neighbors, I've been lookin' for a place like this, and I calc'late on stayin'.

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

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for calc


combining form
a variant of calci-
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