[kom-pyoo-tey-shuh n]


an act, process, or method of computing; calculation.
a result of computing.
the amount computed.

Origin of computation

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin computātiōn- (stem of computātiō), equivalent to computāt(us) (past participle of computāre; see compute) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscom·pu·ta·tion·al, adjectivecom·pu·ta·tive, adjectivecom·pu·ta·tive·ly, adverbmis·com·pu·ta·tion, nounnon·com·pu·ta·tion, nounre·com·pu·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for computation

calculation, computing, guess, gauge, estimation, reckoning, ciphering

Examples from the Web for computation

Contemporary Examples of computation

Historical Examples of computation

  • But I pass over this, and go on to the computation of dates.

  • This computation covers only the machine's power to overcome resistance.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • And the odd and even numbers are not the same with the art of computation?

  • The period of five hours and fifty-four seconds does not enter into their computation.

    Les Parsis

    D. Menant

  • Rajcik finished the computation he was working on and gnawed thoughtfully at his pencil.

    Death Wish

    Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for computation



a calculation involving numbers or quantities
Derived Formscomputational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for computation

early 15c., from Middle French computation, from Latin computationem (nominative computatio), noun of action from past participle stem of computare "to sum up, reckon, compute" (see compute).

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