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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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Examples from the web for computation
  • These days it seems theories of mind and theories of computation can't help but have deep implications for each other.
  • As computation power has increased and data sets have grown, computers can now uncover more and more arbitrage opportunities.
  • The computation may be complex, but it is not impossible.
  • The resources of this country are almost beyond computation.
  • The decision problem asks, in essence, whether reasoning can be reduced to computation.
  • computation, in any case, is im- possible to dramatIze.
  • There is much more computation needed for the same problem done by clustering than if it were done the standard way.
  • The trouble is this computation contains so many imponderables.
  • Number two, our contract doesn't say anything about such a computation.
  • Simply grade the e-mail, and include it in the student's final grade computation.
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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