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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 computational
  • The computer was able to win because of the computational programming that allows it to crunch data at superhuman levels.
  • The idea that scientific measurements could be taken and computational commands.
  • Today your computer is the computational equivalent of a hammer.
  • Artificial neural networks are parallel computational models, comprising densely interconnected adaptive processing units.
  • computational system is defined as the system which configuration is adapting to the self-organization processes.
  • They haven't been able to solve the protein structure using standard computational methods.
  • It first locates the sources of the audio and then separates the sounds with computational filters.
  • Actually the human brain has vastly more computational power than any server on the planet.
  • It makes sense that responsibility for processing is divided into various areas that have different computational objectives.
  • The major obstacles were not computational but linguistic.
British Dictionary definitions for computational


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

1857, from computation + -al (1). Related: Computationally.



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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