# Dictionary Definition

calculating adj : used of persons; "the most
calculating and selfish men in the community" [syn: calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Adjective

calculating- Which has the ability to calculate.
- Which serves one's own interests in an unemotional, analytical manner.

#### Translations

which has the ability to calculate

- Hungarian: számoló
- Japanese: 計算可能な

which serves one's own interests in an
unemotional, analytical manner

- Hungarian: számító
- Japanese: 計算高い

### Verb

calculating- present participle of calculate

# Extensive Definition

A calculation is a deliberate process for
transforming one or more inputs into one or more results, with
variable change.

The term is used in a variety of senses, from the
very definite arithmetical calculation
using an algorithm to
the vague heuristics
of calculating a strategy in a competition or calculating the
chance of a successful relationship between two people.

Multiplying 7 by 8 is a simple algorithmic
calculation.

Estimating the fair price for financial
instruments using the Black-Scholes
model is a complex algorithmic calculation.

Statistical
estimations of the likely election results from opinion polls
also involve algorithmic calculations, but give results that are
ranges of possibilities rather than exact answers.

Deciding the best way to build a relationship
with a member of the opposite sex may also result from a
calculation, but is not definite, predictable, nor even clearly
defined. This indefinite application of the term gives it a second
area of meaning apart from the mathematical senses
mentioned above.

To calculate means to ascertain by computing. The
English word derives from the Latin calculus, which
originally meant a small stone in the gall-bladder (from Latin
calx). It also meant a pebble used for calculating, or a small
stone used as a counter in an abacus (Latin abacus, Greek
abax). The abacus was an instrument used by Greeks and Romans for
arithmetic calculations, preceding the slide-rule and the
electronic calculator, and consisted of perforated pebbles sliding
on an iron bars.

## See also

calculating in German: Rechnen

calculating in Spanish: Cálculo aritmético

calculating in French: Calcul
(mathématiques)

calculating in Galician: Cálculo

calculating in Korean: 계산

calculating in Interlingua (International
Auxiliary Language Association): Calculo (mathematica)

calculating in Italian: Calcolo
(matematica)

calculating in Hebrew: חישוב

calculating in Latin: Calculus

calculating in Japanese: 計算

calculating in Russian: Вычисление

calculating in Volapük: Kalkulam

calculating in Contenese: 計算

calculating in Chinese: 计算

# Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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