Definition of calculation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkælkjuˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkælkjuˈleɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] the act or process of using numbers to find out an amount Cathy did a rough calculation. By my calculation(s), we made a profit of £20 000 last year. Our guess was confirmed by calculation. CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework advance/​argue/​develop the thesis that… explore an idea/​a concept/​a hypothesis make a prediction/​an inference base a prediction/​your calculations on something investigate/​evaluate/​accept/​challenge/​reject a theory/​hypothesis/​modelExperiment design an experiment/​a questionnaire/​a study/​a test do research/​an experiment/​an analysis make observations/​measurements/​calculations carry out/​conduct/​perform an experiment/​a test/​a longitudinal study/​observations/​clinical trials run an experiment/​a simulation/​clinical trials repeat an experiment/​a test/​an analysis replicate a study/​the results/​the findings observe/​study/​examine/​investigate/​assess a pattern/​a process/​a behaviour/(especially US English) a behavior fund/​support the research/​project/​study seek/​provide/​get/​secure funding for researchResults collect/​gather/​extract data/​information yield data/​evidence/​similar findings/​the same results analyse/​examine the data/​soil samples/​a specimen consider/​compare/​interpret the results/​findings fit the data/​model confirm/​support/​verify a prediction/​a hypothesis/​the results/​the findings prove a conjecture/​hypothesis/​theorem draw/​make/​reach the same conclusions read/​review the records/​literature describe/​report an experiment/​a study present/​publish/​summarize the results/​findings present/​publish/​read/​review/​cite a paper in a scientific journal
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the process of using your judgement to decide what the results would be of doing something
  3. 3[uncountable] (disapproving) careful planning for yourself without caring about other people an act of cold calculation
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from late Latin calculatio(n-), from the verb calculare, from calculus ‘a small pebble ’(as used on an abacus).Extra examples If your calculations are correct, then we will make a large profit. It turned out that our calculations were incorrect. She did a rapid calculation in her head. The calculations are based on average annual data. We cannot make a precise calculation of the price until we have all the costs. an exact calculation of the amount spent so far By my calculations, we made a profit of £20 000 last year.
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