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[kom-pyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒm pyʊˈteɪ ʃən/
an act, process, or method of computing; calculation.
a result of computing.
the amount computed.
Origin of computation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin computātiōn- (stem of computātiō), equivalent to computāt(us) (past participle of computāre; see compute) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
computational, adjective
computative, adjective
computatively, adverb
miscomputation, noun
noncomputation, noun
recomputation, noun Unabridged
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  • But I pass over this, and go on to the computation of dates.

  • This computation covers only the machine's power to overcome resistance.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • And the odd and even numbers are not the same with the art of computation?

    Charmides Plato
  • The period of five hours and fifty-four seconds does not enter into their computation.

    Les Parsis D. Menant
  • Rajcik finished the computation he was working on and gnawed thoughtfully at his pencil.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • Nor have we any form of calculus or computation that can easily be applied.

  • Are they admitted as property, then why is not other property admitted into the computation?

British Dictionary definitions for computation


a calculation involving numbers or quantities
Derived Forms
computational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for computation

early 15c., from Middle French computation, from Latin computationem (nominative computatio), noun of action from past participle stem of computare "to sum up, reckon, compute" (see compute).

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