from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Pathology An abnormal concretion in the body, usually formed of mineral salts and found in the gallbladder, kidney, or urinary bladder, for example.
- n. Dentistry See tartar.
- n. Mathematics The branch of mathematics that deals with limits and the differentiation and integration of functions of one or more variables.
- n. Mathematics A method of analysis or calculation using a special symbolic notation.
- n. Mathematics The combined mathematics of differential calculus and integral calculus.
- n. A system or method of calculation: "[a] dazzling grasp of the nation's byzantine budget calculus” ( David M. Alpern).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. calculation, computation
- n. Any formal system in which symbolic expressions are manipulated according to fixed rules.
- n. Differential calculus and integral calculus considered as a single subject; analysis.
- n. A stony concretion that forms in a bodily organ.
- n. Deposits of calcium phosphate salts on teeth.
- n. A decision-making method, especially one appropriate for a specialised realm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any solid concretion, formed in any part of the body, but most frequent in the organs that act as reservoirs, and in the passages connected with them
- n. A method of computation; any process of reasoning by the use of symbols; any branch of mathematics that may involve calculation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small stone; a pebble.
- n. In pathology, a general term for inorganic concretions of various kinds formed in various parts of the body.
- n. In mathematics, any highly systematic method of treating a large variety of problems by the use of some peculiar system of algebraic notation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions
- n. a hard lump produced by the concretion of mineral salts; found in hollow organs or ducts of the body
- n. an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
Latin, small stone used in reckoning; see calculate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin calculus ("a latin word meaning pebble or stone used for counting"), diminutive of calx ("limestone") + -ulus. (Wiktionary)