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2 definitions found
 for calculating machine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Calculating \Cal"cu*la`ting\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to mathematical calculations; performing
        or able to perform mathematical calculations.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Given to contrivance or forethought; forecasting;
        scheming; as, a cool calculating disposition.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Calculating machine, a machine for the mechanical
        performance of mathematical operations, for the most part
        invented by Charles Babbage and G. and E. Scheutz. It
        computes logarithmic and other mathematical tables of a
        high degree of intricacy, imprinting the results on a
        leaden plate, from which a stereotype plate is then
        directly made.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  calculating machine
      n 1: a small machine that is used for mathematical calculations
           [syn: calculator, calculating machine]

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