Find the word definition

Crossword clues for computation

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Many workers lacked skills in language and computation.
▪ A preclear is only placed in apathy by ally computations.
▪ Can read multiple entry tables and carry out basic comparisons or computations with the data obtained.
▪ Even today, children spend 90 percent of their math time on these computations.
▪ Instead, some of the simpler computations are performed in the retina itself.
▪ It is all a game involving scientific computations which in no way affect the musical instruments or diminish their essential mystery.
▪ The following computations are based on both general assumptions about all families and specific assumptions about families at specific income levels.
▪ The speed of the computation affects the sampling size and speed of updates.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Computation \Com`pu*ta"tion\, n. [L. computatio: cf. F. computation.]

  1. The act or process of computing; calculation; reckoning.

    By just computation of the time.

    By a computation backward from ourselves.

  2. The result of computation; the amount computed.

  3. (Computers) The process of performing arithmetical or logical operations, on data by an electronic device.

    Syn: Reckoning; calculation; estimate; account.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


n. 1 The act or process of compute#Verb; calculation; reckoning. 2 The result of computation; the amount computed.

  1. n. the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods [syn: calculation, computing]

  2. problem solving that involves numbers or quantities [syn: calculation, figuring, reckoning]


Computation is any type of calculation that follows a well-defined model understood and expressed as, for example, an algorithm.

The study of computation is paramount to the discipline of computer science.

Usage examples of "computation".

Then I came down to the Atheneum and looked over my comet computations till noon.

Theory held that it inexorably affected organic as well as nonorganic computation, from one generation to the next.

Carlotta also kept looking back, along the way they had come, while Arnobius rarely glanced up from his table of what he preferred to call not magic but odylic computations.

And from time to time he noticed that Carlotta also kept looking back, along the way they had come, while Arnobius rarely glanced up from his table of what he preferred to call not magic but odylic computations.

Arnobius rarely glanced up from his table of what he preferred to call not magic but odylic computations.

The proof of this is that if the Atlantic Island had 2300 leagues of longitude, and the distance of Cadiz to the mouth of the river Maranon or Orellana and Trinidad, on the coast of Brazil, is, not more than 1000, 900, or 1100 leagues, being the part where this land joined to America, it clearly appears that, to complete the complement of 2300 leagues, we have to include in the computation all the rest of the land from the mouth of the Maranon and Brazil to the South Sea, which is what they now call America.

The cooling effect of the inner surface on the gaseous products of combustion, a vital point in computations of the disruptive force of explosives by this method, is determined by comparing the pressures obtained in the original cylinder with those in a second cylinder of larger capacity, into which has been inserted one or more steel cylinders to increase the superficial area while keeping the volume equal to that of the first cylinders.

Instead, however, of employing the golden numbers and epacts for the determination of Easter and the movable feasts, it was resolved that the equinox and the paschal moon should be found by astronomical computation from the Rudolphine tables.

The tops of these stakes furnish fixed points of elevation from which to take the measurements, and to make the computations necessary to fix the depth of the drain at each stake.

Some rough computations told him the approximate part of the asteroid belt where he thought other asteroids of the same general makeup might be found.

All strange-space astrogational computations are approximate, and the errors, though expressed in nano- or picodegrees, increase proportional to target distance.

Once the shift was made Blaine became meticulous about being present in the control room and, when Max started to make the first computation, gently pushed him aside.

He had just finished a series of computations designed to test the accuracy of computer response.

Brains carry out linear computations relatively slowly yet can exercise judgemental functions with an extreme ease that baffles the modelers.

Moreover she caused, that the wife of a certain lover that she had should never be delivered of her childe, but according to the computation of all men, it is eight yeares past since the poore woman first began to swell, and now shee is encreased so big, that shee seemeth as though she would bring forth some great Elephant : which when it was knowne abroad, and published throughout all the towne, they tooke indignation against her, and ordayned that the next day shee should most cruelly be stoned to death.