minicalculator

calculator

[kal-kyuh-ley-ter]
noun
1.
a person who calculates or computes.
2.
Also called calculating machine. a small electronic or mechanical device that performs calculations, requiring manual action for each individual opertion.
3.
a person who operates such a machine.
4.
a set of tables that facilitates calculation.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin; see calculate, -tor

minicalculator, noun
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calculator (ˈkælkjʊˌleɪtə)
 
n
1.  a device for performing mathematical calculations, esp an electronic device that can be held in the hand
2.  a person or thing that calculates
3.  a set of tables used as an aid to calculations

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calculator
late 14c., "mathematician, one who calculates," from L. calculator, from calculatus, pp. of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Of mechanical adding machine contraptions, from 1784. Of electronic ones, from 1946.
"Electronic calculator uses 18,000 tubes to solve complex problems" ["Scientific American" headline, June 1946]
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calculator definition


An electronic device for performing automatic mathematical computations, usually controlled by a keyboard. Some are actually small computers, with limited memory, that allow the user to use simple programs.

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