Calculate etymology


English word calculate comes from Latin calculus (a pebble of the kind that was used on the abacus), which is derived from the Latin calx (chalk, limestone)

Etymology of calculate

Detailed word origin of calculate

Dictionary entry Language Definition
calx Latin (lat) Chalk. Limestone. The finish line.
-olus Latin (lat)
calculus Latin (lat) A piece in the latrunculi game. Pebble, stone. Reckoning, calculating.
calculare Latin (lat)
calculatus Latin (lat)
calculate English (en) (intransitive, US, dialect) To plan; to expect; to think.. (intransitive, mathematics) To determine values or solutions by a mathematical process; reckon.. (transitive, mathematics) To determine the value of something or the solution to something by a mathematical process.. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means to an end.. [...]