[kom-pyoo-tey-shuh n]

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for computational

Historical Examples of computational

  • If it were applied to present altitudinal data, it would place the computational flight ceiling somewhere below 4000 feet.

  • Keep in mind that almost all people dedicated to the study of the future work on computational models.

  • Will you help me with the computational math needed to finish Operation Catskin?

    The Butterfly Kiss

    Arthur Dekker Savage

  • This will require substantial sensor, computational, and communication technologies.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

  • This area will be developed further in the computational technologies section.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

British Dictionary definitions for computational


  1. a calculation involving numbers or quantities
Derived Formscomputational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for computational

1857, from computation + -al (1). Related: Computationally.



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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