In obsoletelang=en terms the difference between abacus and calculator
is that
abacus is (obsolete) a table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc while
calculator is (obsolete) a set of mathematical tables.
As nouns the difference between abacus and calculator
is that
abacus is (obsolete) a table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc while
calculator is a mechanical or electronic device that performs mathematical calculations.
abacus English
Noun
( ennoun)
(obsolete) A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc. .
A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, etc.
 I've heard merchants still use an abacus for adding things up in China.
(architecture) The uppermost portion of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. [ ]
A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard. [ ]
Derived terms
* abacus harmonicus
Related terms
* abacist
References
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calculator Noun
( en noun)
A mechanical or electronic device that performs mathematical calculations.
(dated) A person who performs mathematical calculation
A person who calculates (in the sense of scheming).
(obsolete) A set of mathematical tables.
Synonyms
* (electronic device) electronic calculator, pocket calculator
* (mechanical device) adding machine
* (person who performs mathematical calculations) computer (dated)
* (person who schemes) plotter, schemer
* (mathematical tables) ready reckoner, tables
Derived terms
* electronic calculator
* pocket calculator
Related terms
* calculate
See also
* ready reckoner
* slide rule
* tables
* ( commonslite)

