# calculating

[kal-kyuh-ley-ting]

- capable of or made for performing calculations, especially arithmetical calculations: a calculating machine.
- shrewd; cautious: a wise and calculating lawyer.
- selfishly scheming: a cold and calculating dictator.

## Origin of calculating^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com3. designing.

# calculate

[kal-kyuh-leyt]

- to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute: to calculate the velocity of light.
- to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
- to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive): His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
- Chiefly Northern U.S.
- to think; guess.
- to intend; plan.

- to make a computation or form an estimate.
- to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon): They calculated on good weather.

## Origin of calculate^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. count, figure, cast. 3. design, plan, intend, mean.

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## Examples from the Web for calculating

### Contemporary Examples

#### Cressida is not really suited for that kind of calculating existence of briefing and counter-briefing.

#### Critics run that tab as high as $4 billion, calculating the lost tax revenues over 40 years.

#### Calculating gender differences is complicated, but the politics are simple.

#### Some calculating pol, realizing that his position had become unpopular or untenable, would execute a backflip off the high board.

The New Era of Evolution Helps Pols Switch Stance on Issues from Gay Marriage to ImmigrationHoward Kurtz

April 3, 2013

#### But given the measurement error inherent in calculating GDP, this is very nearly a distinction without a difference.

### Historical Examples

#### Into her calculating ambition had come a new and destroying element.

KMary Roberts Rinehart

#### Calculating the instant to a nicety, he paid off the sheet and pulled up the tiller.

The Black BagLouis Joseph Vance

#### He faltered; a worried and calculating look shadowed his small eyes.

The Black BagLouis Joseph Vance

#### He is a cold, calculating man, who rules all who come near him.

Roden's CornerHenry Seton Merriman

#### That's what I mean, Mr. Wentworth, by calculating the voyage.'

A Woman IntervenesRobert Barr

# calculating

- selfishly scheming
- shrewd; cautious

# calculate

- to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
- (tr; usually passive) to design specifically; aimthe car was calculated to appeal to women
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
- (tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect
- to suppose; think
- to intend (to do something)

## Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin calculāre, from calculus pebble used as a counter; see calculus

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## Word Origin and History for calculating

### adj.

1710, "carrying out calculations," present participle adjective from calculate. Meaning "shrewdly or selfishly seeking advantage" is attested from c.1810.

# calculate

### v.

1560s, "to compute, to estimate by mathematical means," from Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Meaning "to plan, devise" is from 1650s. Replaced earlier calculen (mid-14c.), from Old French calculer. Related: Calculable.

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