calculator

[kal-kyuh-ley-ter]

noun

a person who calculates or computes.
Also called calculating machine. a small electronic or mechanical device that performs calculations, requiring manual action for each individual opertion.
a person who operates such a machine.
a set of tables that facilitates calculation.

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Nearby words

  1. calculated,
  2. calculated risk,
  3. calculating,
  4. calculating machine,
  5. calculation,
  6. calculatory,
  7. calculosis,
  8. calculous,
  9. calculus,
  10. calculus of finite differences

Origin of calculator

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin; see calculate, -tor

Related formsmin·i·cal·cu·la·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for calculator

calculator

noun

a device for performing mathematical calculations, esp an electronic device that can be held in the hand
a person or thing that calculates
a set of tables used as an aid to calculations
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Word Origin and History for calculator

calculator

n.

late 14c., "mathematician, one who calculates," from Latin calculator, from calculatus, past participle of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Of mechanical adding machine contraptions, from 1784. Of electronic ones, from 1946.

Electronic calculator uses 18,000 tubes to solve complex problems ["Scientific American" headline, June 1946]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for calculator

calculator

An electronic device for performing automatic mathematical computations, usually controlled by a keyboard. Some are actually small computers, with limited memory, that allow the user to use simple programs.

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