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


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

Latin, small stone used in reckoning; see calculate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin calculus ("a latin word meaning pebble or stone used for counting"), diminutive of calx ("limestone") + -ulus.



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  • I'll get right to work. ;)

    August 11, 2007

  • I'm still waiting for Life for the Kinesthetic Learner.

    August 10, 2007

  • Having taken calculus in both high school and college, I think that standard curriculum really doesn't appeal to the kinesthetic modality. A life goal of mine is to write the new classic, Calculus for the Kinesthetic Learner. Actually understanding the stuff is an intermediate goal that I keep putting off. ;)

    August 10, 2007