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)

Detailed word origin of calculate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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 (eng) (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.. [...]

Words with the same origin as calculate

Descendants of calx
calculating calculation calculus