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for CalculatingFrom The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Calculate \Cal"cu*late\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calculater; p.
pr. & vb. n. Calculating.] [L, calculatus, p. p. of
calculate, fr. calculus a pebble, a stone used in reckoning;
hence, a reckoning, fr. calx, calcis, a stone used in gaming,
limestone. See Calx.]
1. To ascertain or determine by mathematical processes,
usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up;
to estimate; to compute.
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A calencar exacity calculated than any othe.
--North.
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2. To ascertain or predict by mathematical or astrological
computations the time, circumstances, or other conditions
of; to forecast or compute the character or consequences
of; as, to calculate or cast one's nativity.
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A cunning man did calculate my birth. --Shak.
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3. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or
calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means
to an end; as, to calculate a system of laws for the
government and protection of a free people.
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[Religion] is . . . calculated for our benefit.
--Abp.
Tillotson.
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4. To plan; to expect; to think. [Local, U. S.]
Syn: To compute; reckon; count; estimate; rate.
Usage: To Calculate, Compute. Reckon, Count. These
words indicate the means by which we arrive at a given
result in regard to quantity. We calculate with a view
to obtain a certain point of knowledge; as, to
calculate an eclipse. We compute by combining given
numbers, in order to learn the grand result. We reckon
and count in carrying out the details of a
computation. These words are also used in a secondary
and figurative sense. "Calculate is rather a
conjection from what is, as to what may be;
computation is a rational estimate of what has been,
from what is; reckoning is a conclusive conviction, a
pleasing assurance that a thing will happen; counting
indicates an expectation. We calculate on a gain; we
compute any loss sustained, or the amount of any
mischief done; we reckon on a promised pleasure; we
count the hours and minutes until the time of
enjoyment arrives" --Crabb.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Calculating \Cal"cu*la`ting\, a.
1. Of or pertaining to mathematical calculations; performing
or able to perform mathematical calculations.
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2. Given to contrivance or forethought; forecasting;
scheming; as, a cool calculating disposition.
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Calculating machine, a machine for the mechanical
performance of mathematical operations, for the most part
invented by Charles Babbage and G. and E. Scheutz. It
computes logarithmic and other mathematical tables of a
high degree of intricacy, imprinting the results on a
leaden plate, from which a stereotype plate is then
directly made.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Calculating \Cal"cu*la`ting\, n.
The act or process of making mathematical computations or of
estimating results.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
calculating
adj 1: used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in
the community" [syn: calculating, calculative,
conniving, scheming, shrewd]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
76 Moby Thesaurus words for "calculating":
Byzantine, Machiavellian, artful, canny, careful, chary, chiseling,
circumspect, collusive, computational, computative, computing,
connivent, conniving, considerate, conspiring, contriving,
covinous, crafty, cunning, deceitful, designing, devious, discreet,
disingenuous, enumerative, estimating, estimative, false,
falsehearted, finagling, forsworn, foxy, fraudulent, furtive,
gingerly, guarded, guileful, indirect, insidious, insincere,
intriguing, knowing, manipulative, numerative, pawky, perjured,
plotting, quantifying, safe, scheming, sharp, shifty, shrewd,
slick, slippery, sly, sneaky, statistical, stratagemical, subtile,
subtle, surreptitious, treacherous, trickish, tricky, two-faced,
uncandid, underhand, underhanded, unfrank, unsincere, untruthful,
up to, wary, wily
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