Origin of calculating
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- 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
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Examples from the Web for calculating
Cressida is not really suited for that kind of calculating existence of briefing and counter-briefing.Who Would Want To Be A Royal Princess? Not Cressida Bonas...
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Critics run that tab as high as $4 billion, calculating the lost tax revenues over 40 years.Are Athletes Using Your Tax Dollars to Juice?
May 2, 2014
Calculating gender differences is complicated, but the politics are simple.What Equal Pay Day? McConnell Slams Paycheck Fairness Act
April 9, 2014
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 Immigration
April 3, 2013
But given the measurement error inherent in calculating GDP, this is very nearly a distinction without a difference.Dismal Fourth Quarter GDP: Now With Slightly Less Dismal
February 28, 2013
Into her calculating ambition had come a new and destroying element.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Calculating the instant to a nicety, he paid off the sheet and pulled up the tiller.
He faltered; a worried and calculating look shadowed his small eyes.
He is a cold, calculating man, who rules all who come near him.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
That's what I mean, Mr. Wentworth, by calculating the voyage.'A Woman Intervenes
- selfishly scheming
- shrewd; cautious
- 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 and History for calculating
1710, "carrying out calculations," present participle adjective from calculate. Meaning "shrewdly or selfishly seeking advantage" is attested from c.1810.
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.