Meaning of CALCULATION in English


cal ‧ cu ‧ la ‧ tion S2 /ˌkælkjəˈleɪʃ ə n, ˌkælkjʊˈleɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ calculable ≠ ↑ incalculable , ↑ calculated , ↑ calculating ; noun : ↑ calculation , ↑ calculator ; verb : ↑ calculate ; adverb : ↑ calculatedly ]

1 . [countable usually plural, uncountable] when you use numbers in order to find out an amount, price, or value:

Dee looked at the bill and made some rapid calculations.

by sb’s/some/many calculations

By some calculations, the population will reach eight million soon.

2 . [uncountable and countable] careful planning in order to get what you want, especially without caring about the effects on other people ⇨ miscalculation :

political calculation

3 . [uncountable] when you think carefully about what the probable results will be if you do something ⇨ miscalculation

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■ verbs

▪ do/make a calculation

The children should be able to do that calculation in their heads.

▪ perform a calculation formal (=do one)

Computers can perform calculations very quickly.

■ adjectives

▪ a simple calculation

A simple calculation will show that these figures are incorrect.

▪ a rough calculation (=not very detailed or exact)

I made a few rough calculations of how much it would cost.

▪ a quick/rapid calculation

He did a rapid calculation.

▪ a detailed calculation

Your report must be supported by detailed calculations.

▪ complex calculations

Computers can be used to handle complex calculations.

▪ mathematical calculations

pages of mathematical calculations

▪ somebody's calculations are right/correct/accurate

Fortunately his calculations were accurate.

▪ somebody's calculations are wrong/inaccurate

Some of our calculations were wrong.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.