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computing

[kuh m-pyoo-ting] /kəmˈpyu tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the use of a computer to process data or perform calculations.
2.
the act of calculating or reckoning.
Origin of computing
1640-1650
1640-50; compute + -ing1

compute

[kuh m-pyoot] /kəmˈpyut/
verb (used with object), computed, computing.
1.
to determine by calculation; reckon; calculate:
to compute the period of Jupiter's revolution.
2.
to determine by using a computer or calculator.
verb (used without object), computed, computing.
3.
to reckon; calculate.
4.
to use a computer or calculator.
5.
Informal. to make sense; add up:
His reasons for doing that just don't compute.
noun
6.
computation:
outer space that is vast beyond compute.
Origin
1375-1425 for earlier sense; 1580-90 for def 6; (v.) < Latin computāre, equivalent to com- com- + putāre to think; (noun) late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin computus calculation, number, noun derivative of computāre; cf. putative, count1
Related forms
computable, adjective
computability, noun
computably, adverb
computist
[kuh m-pyoo-tist, kom-pyoo-] /kəmˈpyu tɪst, ˈkɒm pyʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
miscompute, verb, miscomputed, miscomputing.
precompute, verb, precomputed, precomputing.
recompute, verb (used with object), recomputed, recomputing.
uncomputable, adjective
uncomputableness, noun
uncomputably, adverb
uncomputed, adjective
Synonyms
1. estimate, count, figure.
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Examples from the Web for computing
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  • "Doctor Stevens is computing us and has full control of course and acceleration," replied Breckenridge.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • A trace of this appears in our word ciphering, meaning figuring or computing.

    The Hindu-Arabic Numerals David Eugene Smith
  • In 1854, Maria Mitchell was employed in computing for this almanac, with the same salary that would be given to a man.

  • There are a number of ways or methods of computing this time.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • I sent the cards to the computing center, but they won't have time to run the data through until tomorrow or the next day.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for computing

computing

/kəmˈpjuːtɪŋ/
noun
1.
the activity of using computers and writing programs for them
2.
the study of computers and their implications
adjective
3.
of or relating to computers: computing skills

compute

/kəmˈpjuːt/
verb
1.
to calculate (an answer, result, etc), often with the aid of a computer
noun
2.
calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)
Derived Forms
computable, adjective
computability, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for computing

compute

v.

1630s, from French computer, from Latin computare "to count, sum up, reckon together," from com- "with" (see com-) + putare "to reckon," originally "to prune" (see pave). Related: Computed; computing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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computing in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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