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COMPUTATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does computation mean? 

COMPUTATION (noun)
  The noun COMPUTATION has 2 senses:

1. the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods
2. problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

  Familiarity information: COMPUTATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPUTATION (noun)


Sense 1computation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

calculation; computation; computing

Hypernyms ("computation" is a kind of...):

procedure; process (a particular course of action intended to achieve a result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "computation"):

transposition ((mathematics) the transfer of a quantity from one side of an equation to the other along with a change of sign)

number crunching (performing complex and lengthy numerical calculations)

mathematical operation; mathematical process; operation ((mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods)

recalculation (the act of calculating again (usually to eliminate errors or to include additional data))


Sense 2computation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Problem solving that involves numbers or quantities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

figuring; reckoning; calculation; computation

Hypernyms ("computation" is a kind of...):

problem solving (the thought processes involved in solving a problem)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "computation"):

derivative; derived function; differential; differential coefficient; first derivative (the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx)

approximation; estimate; estimation; idea (an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth)

conversion (a change in the units or form of an expression:)

interpolation ((mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known)

extrapolation ((mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values)

integral (the result of a mathematical integration; F(x) is the integral of f(x) if dF/dx = f(x))


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