Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To determine by mathematics, especially by numerical methods: computed the tax due. See Synonyms at calculate.
  • transitive v. To determine by the use of a computer.
  • intransitive v. To determine an amount or number.
  • intransitive v. To use a computer.
  • intransitive v. Informal To be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense: Your alibi doesn't compute.
  • n. Computation: amounts beyond compute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reckon or calculate.
  • v. To make sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Computation.
  • transitive v. To determine by calculation; to reckon; to count.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To determine by calculation; count; reckon; calculate: as, to compute the distance of the moon from the earth.
  • Synonyms Reckon, Count, etc. See calculate.
  • To reckon; count.
  • n. Computation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a mathematical calculation or computation

Etymologies

French computer, from Old French, from Latin computāre : com-, com- + putāre, to reckon. N., Late Latin computus, from Latin computāre, to compute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French computer (17th century), from Latin computare ("sum up, reckon, compute"), from com ("together") + putare ("cleanse, trim, prune, clear up, settle, adjuct, reckon, count, deem, think, suppose"), from putus ("cleansed, clear") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Obviously the one thing that Wolfy can't compute is how to have sufficient servers to handle it's user load. palmerkun jthatch

    First Look At Wolfram Alpha’s Impressive Knowledge Computation | Lifehacker Australia

  • You'll probably find (after you spend some time here) that most of us started in Linux because we were looking for a better way to "compute" - we started dual-booting Windows and Linux, but started booting the Linux side more and more often, simply because we can use our machines rather than just having to maintain them all the time.

    PCLinuxOS-Forums

  • 103 His malady increased, and after a dysentery which continued three days, he expired in the palace of Ravenna, in the thirty-third, or, if we compute from the invasion of Italy, in the thirty-seventh year of his reign.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • We’ll be able to compute from the knowledge that our civilization has accumulated.

    Wolfram Blog : Stephen Wolfram on the Quest for Computable Knowledge

  • What doesn’t quite compute is that the robot goes to all this trouble to look and breath like a sex kitten, but the speech is very mechanical in some parts.

    EVENT LOG • by Andrew LeBlanc

  • Senator DEBBIE STABENOW (Democrat, Michigan): At a time when people are losing their jobs, working part-time jobs, seeing their wages go down, and the incomes of the wealthiest 400 people in the country have gone up about 400 percent in the last decade and a half and their tax rates have been cut in half, for the majority of Americans that doesn't compute, that is just not fair.

    The Politics Of A Tax Hike

  • And to compute is to collect the sum of many things added together at the same time, or to know the remainder when one thing has been taken from another.

    Thomas Hobbes

  • In fact, they are starting to behave like the device that neurons use to compute, which is called an ion channel.

    Kwabena Boahen on a computer that works like the brain

  • If we are specially referring to a compute instance shares much of the same characteristics of the server it would run if it were on premises.

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  • "At a time when people are losing their jobs, working part-time jobs, seeing their wages go down, and the incomes of the wealthiest 400 people in the country have gone up about 400 percent in the last decade and a half and their tax rates have been cut in half, for the majority of Americans, that doesn't compute, that is just not fair," the Michigan Democrat said.

    NPR Topics: News

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