# computing

[kuh m-pyoo-ting]

- the use of a computer to process data or perform calculations.
- the act of calculating or reckoning.

## Origin of computing^{}

# compute

[kuh m-pyoot]

- to determine by calculation; reckon; calculate: to compute the period of Jupiter's revolution.
- to determine by using a computer or calculator.

- to reckon; calculate.
- to use a computer or calculator.
- Informal. to make sense; add up: His reasons for doing that just don't compute.

- computation: outer space that is vast beyond compute.

## Origin of compute^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. estimate, count, figure.

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## Examples from the Web for computing

### Contemporary Examples

#### In his 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” Turing asked, “Can machines think?”

#### Augmented reality has been a staple of science fiction since the dawn of computing.

#### A look at what to expect in telecom and computing for the coming year.

#### The accelerating power of computing processing underlies much of the progress.

#### Sure, it's a billion times more than the first computer had, but it's still not much more than the computing power of a hamster.

### Historical Examples

#### A trace of this appears in our word ciphering, meaning figuring or computing.

The Hindu-Arabic NumeralsDavid Eugene Smith

#### There are a number of ways or methods of computing this time.

The Mother and Her ChildWilliam S. Sadler

#### Been computing the orbit of the wreckage of the Arcturus around Jupiter.

Spacehounds of IPCEdward Elmer Smith

#### Why, then, should we refuse to take orders from a computing animal?

The Highest TreasonRandall Garrett

#### Interfaces affect the nature of practical experiences in computing.

The Civilization of IlliteracyMihai Nadin

# computing

- the activity of using computers and writing programs for them
- the study of computers and their implications

- of or relating to computerscomputing skills

# compute

- to calculate (an answer, result, etc), often with the aid of a computer

- calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)

## Word Origin

C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think

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## Word Origin and History for computing

# compute

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