Calculating machine
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]


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