Definition of computation in US English:



  • 1The action of mathematical calculation.

    ‘months of computation carried out on 200 computers’
    ‘statistical computations’
    • ‘He obtained the highest level in the civil-service examination having been educated in astronomy and calendar computation.’
    • ‘He considered computation with irrational numbers and polynomials to be part of algebra.’
    • ‘The computation of logarithms had made him aware of the inaccuracy of human calculation around 1812.’
    • ‘I devote a lot of my time to thinking about the relationship between mathematics and computation.’
    • ‘The method was applied to find the orbit of Swift's comet of 1880 and involved less computation than Gauss's method.’
    • ‘Modern proof theory, and likewise the modern theory of machine computation, hinge on the concept of the recursive function.’
    • ‘In fact Bowditch loved to carry out complex mathematical computations and the task of checking and correcting Moore's work was one he greatly enjoyed.’
    • ‘Continuity is the mathematics of calculus and physics but there's never been a theory of computation that deals with this continuum.’
    • ‘It was there that he developed the proof which states that automatic computation cannot solve all mathematical problems.’
    • ‘The new system has the virtue of a lowered rate of tax, a simple method of computation, and an equitable spread.’
    • ‘The text recognizes the essential role that computation plays in both mathematics and biology.’
    • ‘He has a natural aptitude for computation and is very quick at figure work.’
    • ‘This alleviates the expensive computation of exponential functions involved in the distributions.’
    • ‘The theory of computation appears in the most unexpected places.’
    • ‘I checked every computation, retraced every step, and reinvented every wheel.’
    • ‘One example of such emergent, distributed computation is the density classification task.’
    • ‘If we can have exact numerical computation, why would anyone choose approximate arithmetic?’
    • ‘What is the difference between mathematics and computation?’
    • ‘A short article cannot possibly describe the many fascinating aspects of quantum computation.’
    • ‘He also wrote Golasara which is written in fifty-six Sanskrit verses and shows how mathematical computations are used to calculate astronomical data.’
    arithmetical problem, problem, calculation, reckoning, tally, question
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    1. 1.1 The use of computers, especially as a subject of research or study.


Late Middle English: from Latin computatio(n-), from the verb computare (see compute).