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calculating

[kal-kyuh-ley-ting] /ˈkæl kyəˌleɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
capable of or made for performing calculations, especially arithmetical calculations:
a calculating machine.
2.
shrewd; cautious:
a wise and calculating lawyer.
3.
selfishly scheming:
a cold and calculating dictator.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; calculate + -ing2
Related forms
calculatingly, adverb
noncalculating, adjective
uncalculating, adjective
uncalculatingly, adverb
Synonyms
3. designing.

calculate

[kal-kyuh-leyt] /ˈkæl kyəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), calculated, calculating.
1.
to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute:
to calculate the velocity of light.
2.
to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
3.
to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive):
His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
4.
Chiefly Northern U.S.
  1. to think; guess.
  2. to intend; plan.
verb (used without object), calculated, calculating.
5.
to make a computation or form an estimate.
6.
to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon):
They calculated on good weather.
Origin
1560-70; < Late Latin calculātus reckoned (past participle of calculāre), equivalent to calculus pebble (see calculus) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
precalculate, verb (used with object), precalculated, precalculating.
Synonyms
1. count, figure, cast. 3. design, plan, intend, mean.
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  • She has not been shrewd and calculating but naive and clumsy-the only flaws, it seems, that her critics cannot find in her.
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  • He intended to paint his house in the spring and sat by the stove calculating the cost of paint and labor.
  • If the punter made a mistake in calculating, he immediately paid him the difference or noted down the surplus.
  • He was a calculating dictator, and he ruled the press with the same iron hand with which he ruled the pulpit.
  • In was inclosed to him, and as he opened the letter he trembled lest the dinner should be put off on which he was calculating.
  • Enter your zip code to begin calculating your energy use.
  • One aspect of this is calculating how quickly vehicles must be refueled.
  • Meteorologists have devised several formulas for calculating the energy produced by hurricanes during a season.
  • Students learn a formula for calculating population density.
British Dictionary definitions for calculating

calculating

/ˈkælkjʊˌleɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
selfishly scheming
2.
shrewd; cautious
Derived Forms
calculatingly, adverb

calculate

/ˈkælkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to design specifically; aim: the car was calculated to appeal to women
4.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
5.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (US, dialect)
  1. to suppose; think
  2. to intend (to do something)
Derived Forms
calculative (ˈkælkjʊlətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin calculāre, from calculus pebble used as a counter; see calculus
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Word Origin and History for calculating
adj.

1710, "carrying out calculations," present participle adjective from calculate. Meaning "shrewdly or selfishly seeking advantage" is attested from c.1810.

calculate

v.

1560s, "to compute, to estimate by mathematical means," from Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Meaning "to plan, devise" is from 1650s. Replaced earlier calculen (mid-14c.), from Old French calculer. Related: Calculable.

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