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[kom-pyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒm pyʊˈteɪ ʃən/
an act, process, or method of computing; calculation.
a result of computing.
the amount computed.
Origin of computation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin computātiōn- (stem of computātiō), equivalent to computāt(us) (past participle of computāre; see compute) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
computational, adjective
computative, adjective
computatively, adverb
miscomputation, noun
noncomputation, noun
recomputation, noun Unabridged
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  • Nor have we any form of calculus or computation that can easily be applied.

  • Rajcik finished the computation he was working on and gnawed thoughtfully at his pencil.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • The data of problems set to illustrate a principle or improve some habit of computation are, of course, the clearest cases.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • This computation on the future of the Federation is still in the back-work file?

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • According to the computation of a small boy present, they are more numerous than the grains of sand on the seashore.

  • Let's get Merlin into operation, and run a computation on it.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • I presented him an inventory of a little printing house, amounting, by my computation, to about one hundred pounds sterling.

    Franklin's Autobiography Benjamin Franklin
British Dictionary definitions for computation


a calculation involving numbers or quantities
Derived Forms
computational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for computation

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).

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