# Calculator

a person who calculates or computes.

Also called calculating machine. a small electronic or mechanical device that performs calculations, requiring manual action for each individual opertion.

a person who operates such a machine.

a set of tables that facilitates calculation.

Contemporary *Examples*

Is the Internet Making Us Forgetful? Michael S. Malone’s ‘The Guardian of All Things’ Austen Rosenfeld August 24, 2012

The Google Killer Nicholas Ciarelli May 7, 2009

Up to Speed: The Cholesterol Mess Kent Sepkowitz November 18, 2013

Immigration Reform: Not a Magic Cure for the GOP David Frum May 5, 2013

At Davos 2014, The Gods Of Mischief Rule Christopher Dickey January 20, 2014

Historical *Examples*

Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith

Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith

The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper

Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett

Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe

**noun**

a device for performing mathematical calculations, esp an electronic device that can be held in the hand

a person or thing that calculates

a set of tables used as an aid to calculations

n.

Electronic calculator uses 18,000 tubes to solve complex problems [“Scientific American” headline, June 1946]

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