Cal"cu*late (?), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Calculater (?); p.
pr. & vb. n. Calculating (?).] [L,
calculatus, p. p. of calculate, fr. calculus
a pebble, a stone used in reckoning; hence, a reckoning, fr.
calx, calcis, a stone used in gaming, limestone.
See Calx.] 1. To ascertain or
determine by mathematical processes, usually by the ordinary
rules of arithmetic; to reckon up; to estimate; to
A calencar exacity calculated than any
2. To ascertain or predict by
mathematical or astrological computations the time,
circumstances, or other conditions of; to forecast or compute the
character or consequences of; as, to calculate or cast
A cunning man did calculate my birth.
3. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by
forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation
of means to an end; as, to calculate a system of laws for
the government and protection of a free people.
[Religion] is . . . calculated for our
4. To plan; to expect; to think.
[Local, U. S.]
Syn. -- To compute; reckon; count; estimate; rate. --
To Calculate, Compute. Reckon, Count.
These words indicate the means by which we arrive at a given
result in regard to quantity. We calculate with a view to
obtain a certain point of knowledge; as, to calculate an
eclipse. We compute by combining given numbers, in order
to learn the grand result. We reckon and count in
carrying out the details of a computation. These words are also
used in a secondary and figurative sense. "Calculate is
rather a conjection from what is, as to what may be;
computation is a rational estimate of what has been, from
what is; reckoning is a conclusive conviction, a pleasing
assurance that a thing will happen; counting indicates an
expectation. We calculate on a gain; we compute any
loss sustained, or the amount of any mischief done; we
reckon on a promised pleasure; we count the hours
and minutes until the time of enjoyment arrives"
Cal"cu*late (?), v. i. To make
a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate; to
The strong passions, whether good or bad, never
F. W. Robertson.