[ kom-pyoo-tey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: computationcomputative on

  1. an act, process, or method of computing; calculation.

  2. a result of computing.

  1. the amount computed.

Origin of computation

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin computātiōn-, stem of computātiō, from computāt(us) “reckoned” (past participle of computāre “to reckon, sum up”; see compute) + -iō -ion

Other words from computation

  • com·pu·ta·tion·al, adjective
  • com·pu·ta·tive, adjective
  • com·pu·ta·tive·ly, adverb
  • mis·com·pu·ta·tion, noun
  • non·com·pu·ta·tion, noun
  • re·com·pu·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use computation in a sentence

  • And lo and behold, R & R made some basic computational errors.

    Austerity Guru Voodoo | Michael Tomasky | April 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • The promise of computational technologies brings with it potential vulnerabilities that must be protected against threats.

    Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
  • History, even in its computational form or in genetic shape, is an example.

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

    The Butterfly Kiss | Arthur Dekker Savage

British Dictionary definitions for computation


/ (ˌkɒmpjʊˈteɪʃən) /

  1. a calculation involving numbers or quantities

Derived forms of computation

  • computational, adjective

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