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Definition of "calculus" []

  • Pathology An abnormal concretion in the body, usually formed of mineral salts and found in the gallbladder, kidney, or urinary bladder, for example. (noun)
  • Dentistry See tartar. (noun)
  • Mathematics The branch of mathematics that deals with limits and the differentiation and integration of functions of one or more variables. (noun)
  • Mathematics A method of analysis or calculation using a special symbolic notation. (noun)
  • Mathematics The combined mathematics of differential calculus and integral calculus. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "calculus" in a sentence
  • "Be it women, money, power or fame, the calculus is the same. drkrick says:"
  • "So Midland, plainly put, you think we should spend money on killing people for the political benefit of the Democratic party, and that anyone who objects to this calculus is a petulant child?"
  • "For the GOPer base, the calculus is the following: Tax money spent on infrastructure, running the gov't and and foreign and domestic programs?"