noun Informal.

a calculator, especially a small portable one.

Origin of calc

by shortening


a combining form of calcareous: calc-tufa.
variant of calci- before a vowel: calcic.

Origin of calc-

< German Kalk lime < Latin calc- (stem of calx) lime, limestone; see calx, chalk

calc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calc

Historical Examples of calc

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for calc


combining form

a variant of calci-
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