noun, plural cal·cu·li [kal-kyuh-lahy] /ˈkæl kyəˌlaɪ/, cal·cu·lus·es.
- calculus of finite differences,
- calculus of variations,
- calcutta cup,
Origin of calculus
Examples from the Web for calculus
With other emerging allies the calculus is trickier and leaves less margin for error.America Has an Unannounced ISIS Strategy, And It Involves Iran|Jacob Siegel|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More significantly, the calculus of holding territory has now changed.
The calculus of horror has been cranked up following the state-led massacres of several hundred Islamists over the summer.
We had to change our calculus about what they think our red lines are.How Iran Would Retaliate to a U.S. Strike on Syria|Eli Lake|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Zach, on several occasions, refers to calculus and wonders if it could be applied to sports.Joseph McElroy’s ‘Cannonball’ Is the Meta Iraq War Novel|Tom LeClair|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Of intermittent fever I met with only one example, and of calculus another.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
We have no calculus for comparing relative amounts of skill and energy.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
All that has been written on this head concerning a "Utilitarian calculus" is poor fun and quite beside the mark.A Grammar of Freethought|Chapman Cohen
Apples are also invaluable to sufferers from the stone or calculus.Food Remedies|Florence Daniel
Secretion accumulates in the crypts, and a calculus may form from the deposit of lime salts.
noun plural -luses
Word Origin for calculus
1660s, from Latin calculus "reckoning, account," originally "pebble used as a reckoning counter," diminutive of calx (genitive calcis) "limestone" (see chalk (n.)). Modern mathematical sense is a shortening of differential calculus. Also used from 1732 to mean kidney stones, etc., then generally for "concretion occurring accidentally in the animal body," such as dental plaque. Related: Calculous (adj.).