Abacus vs Calculator - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=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

(en-noun)
  • (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

    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

    See also

    * ready reckoner * slide rule * tables * (commonslite) ----