A calculating machine is a machine designed to come up with calculations or, in other words, computations. One noted machine was the Victorian British scientist
Charles Babbage's Difference Engine (No. 2), designed in the 1840s but never completed in the inventor's lifetime. A working example, based on Babbage's original specifications and using only materials available during the mid-19th century, was built at the London Science Museumin the late 1990s.
Calculating machines shouldn't be confused with
adding machines, which are for solving sums.
History of computing hardware
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calculating — calculatingly, adv. /kal kyeuh lay ting/, adj. 1. capable of or made for performing calculations, esp. arithmetical calculations: a calculating machine. 2. shrewd; cautious: a wise and calculating lawyer. 3. selfishly scheming: a cold and… … Universalium
calculating — adjective Date: 1710 1. making calculations < calculating machine > 2. marked by prudent analysis or by shrewd consideration of self interest ; scheming • calculatingly adverb … New Collegiate Dictionary
calculating — /ˈkælkjəleɪtɪŋ / (say kalkyuhlayting) adjective 1. that performs calculations: a calculating machine. 2. shrewd; cautious. 3. selfishly scheming … Australian English dictionary
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