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In the sense of a person, from Middle English calkelatour (mathematician, astrologer), borrowed from Latin calculātor, equivalent to calculate +‎ -or. The other meanings arose in Modern English.

  • IPA(key): /ˈkæl.kjə.leɪ.tə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /kæl.kjə.leɪ.tɚ/, [ˈkʰæɫ.kjəˌleɪ̯.ɾɚ]

calculator (plural calculators)

  1. A mechanical or electronic device that performs mathematical calculations.
  2. (dated) A person who performs mathematical calculation.
  3. A person who calculates (in the sense of scheming).
  4. (obsolete) A set of mathematical tables.
  • (electronic device): electronic calculator, pocket calculator; (puristic): handreckoner, scorer
  • (mechanical device): adding machine
  • (person who performs mathematical calculations): computer (dated)
  • (person who schemes): plotter, schemer
  • (mathematical tables): ready reckoner, tables
  • calculate
  • ready reckoner
  • slide rule
  • tables
  • Category:calculators on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928), “Calculator”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume II (C), London: Clarendon Press, →OCLC, pages 27–28, column 3.

Unadapted borrowing from English calculator.

  • IPA(key): /kalkjuˈleitoɾ/, [kɐl̪.kjʊˈl̪iɪ.t̪oɾ̪]

calculator (Badlit spelling ᜃᜎ᜔ᜃ᜔ᜌᜓᜎᜒᜌ᜔ᜆᜓᜇ᜔)

  1. calculator (device)
    Synonyms: calcu, kalkulador

From calculō (I calculate) +‎ -tor.

  • (Classical Latin) IPA(key): /kal.kuˈlaː.tor/, [käɫ̪kʊˈɫ̪äːt̪ɔr]
  • (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /kal.kuˈla.tor/, [kälkuˈläːt̪or]

calculātor m (genitive calculātōris, feminine calculātrīx); third declension

  1. calculator, bookkeeper, accountant
  2. computer, one versed in/teacher of arithmetic

Third-declension noun.

  • calculātrīx


  1. second-person singular future passive imperative of calculō
    1. "thou shalt be calculated, thou shalt be computed"
    2. (figuratively) "thou shalt be considered as, thou shalt be esteemed"
  2. third-person singular future passive imperative of calculō
    1. "it shall be calculated, it shall be computed"
    2. (figuratively) "she shall be considered as, she shall be esteemed"
  • Ancient Greek: καλκουλάτωρ (kalkoulátōr)
  • calculator”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • calculator in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • calculator in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • calculator”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898), Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • calculator”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Borrowed from French calculateur; compare also English and Latin calculator. Equivalent to calcula +‎ -tor.

calculator n (plural calculatoare)

  1. calculator (device)
  2. computer
    Synonyms: computer, ordinator

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