calculation Definition

  • 1the process of using mathematics or other methods to find an answer or a solution to something
  • 2careful thought and planning before doing something

Using calculation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "calculation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The calculation of the area of a circle is based on the formula pi times the radius squared.

  • Example

    The company made a careful calculation before investing in the new project.

  • Example

    The calculation of the cost of living increase was done by the HR department.

  • Example

    The calculation of the distance between the two cities took into account the traffic and road conditions.

calculation Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for calculation

Idioms Using calculation

  • throw caution to the wind(s)

    to stop being careful or cautious and take a risk


    She threw caution to the wind and quit her job without having another one lined up.

  • to perform a calculation or analysis to determine something


    If you do the math, you'll see that buying in bulk is cheaper in the long run.

  • count your blessings

    to be grateful for what you have, rather than focusing on what you don't have


    Even though she didn't get the promotion, she counted her blessings and realized she had a supportive family and good health.

Phrases with calculation

  • to estimate or predict something based on available information


    We need to make a calculation of how much money we will need for the trip.

  • back-of-the-envelope calculation

    a rough estimate or calculation made quickly, often on a scrap of paper or envelope


    I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation and figured out that we can save $100 a month by cutting down on eating out.

  • a mistake made during a mathematical computation or estimation


    The error of calculation caused the rocket to miss its target.

Origins of calculation

from Latin 'calculare', meaning 'to count'


Summary: calculation in Brief

The term 'calculation' [ˌkælkjʊˈleɪʃən] refers to the process of finding an answer or solution through mathematical or other methods. It also denotes careful thought and planning before taking action, as in 'The company made a careful calculation before investing in the new project.' The phrase 'make a calculation' means to estimate or predict something based on available information, while 'back-of-the-envelope calculation' refers to a rough estimate made quickly. Idioms like 'throw caution to the wind(s)' and 'count your blessings' are also associated with 'calculation.'