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Meaning of number by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    Anglo-Norman noumbre, from Old French nombre, from Latin numerus, from Proto-Indo-European *nem- ( “to divide” ) .


    • ( UK ) enPR: nŭm'bə( r ), IPA: /ˈnʌm.bə( ɹ )/, SAMPA: /"nVm.b@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈnʌm.bɚ/, SAMPA: /"nVm.b3`/
    • Hyphenation: num‧ber


    number ( plural: numbers )

    1. ( countable ) An abstract entity used to describe quantity .
      Zero, one, -1, 2.5, and pi are all numbers .
    2. ( countable ) A numeral: a symbol for a non-negative integer
      The number 8 is usually made with a single stroke .
    3. ( countable, mathematics ) A member of one of several classes: natural numbers,integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, quaternions .
      The equation eiπ + 1 = 0 includes the most important numbers: 1, 0, π, i, and e .
    4. ( Followed by a numeral; used attributively ) Indicating the position of something in a list or sequence. Abbreviations: No or No., no or no. ( in each case, sometimes written with a superscript "o", like Nº or № ). The symbol "#" is also used in this manner .
      Horse number 5 won the race .
    5. Quantity .
      Any number of people can be reading from a given repository at a time
      His army is vast in number .
    6. ( grammar ) Of a word or phrase, the state of being singular, dual or plural, shown by inflection .
      Adjectives and nouns should agree in gender, number, and case .
    7. ( now rare, in plural: ) Poetic metres; verses, rhymes.
    8. ( countable ) A performance; especially, a single song or song and dance routine within a larger show .
      For his second number, he sang "The Moon Shines Bright" .
    9. ( countable ) ( informal ) A person
    10. ( countable ) ( informal ) An item of clothing, particularly a stylish one
    11. ( countable ) ( informal ) A telephone number
    12. A sequence of digits and letters used to register people, auotmobiles, and various other items .
    13. ( slang, 主にUS ) A marijuana cigarette, or joint; also, a quantity of marijuana bought form a dealer.
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    Etymology 2

    From numb + -er .


    • ( RP ) enPR: nŭm'ə, IPA: /ˈnʌmə/, SAMPA: /"nVm@( r )/
    • ( US ): enPR: nŭm'ər, IPA: /ˈnʌmɚ/, SAMPA: /"nVm3`/
    • Hyphenation: num‧ber



    1. Comparative form of numb: more numb .


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Explanation of number by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. place a limit on the number of

    2. enumerate

    3. We must number the names of the great mathematicians
    4. determine the number or amount of

    5. give numbers to

    6. You should number the pages of the thesis
    7. add up in number or quantity

    8. put into a group

    1. an item of merchandise offered for sale

    2. she preferred the black nylon number
      this sweater is an all-wool number
    3. a clothing measurement

    4. a number 13 shoe
    5. the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

    6. he had a number of chores to do
      the number of parameters is small
    7. the grammatical category for the forms of nouns and pronouns and verbs that are used depending on the number of entities involved ( singular or dual or plural )

    8. in English the subject and the verb must agree in number
    9. a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification

    10. she refused to give them her Social Security number
    11. the number is used in calling a particular telephone

    12. he has an unlisted number
    13. one of a series published periodically

    14. a symbol used to represent a number

    15. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

    16. it was one of the best numbers he ever did
    17. a select company of people

    18. I hope to become one of their number before I die
    19. a concept of quantity involving zero and units

    20. every number has a unique position in the sequence

    Definition of number by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Number ( nŭmbẽr ), n. [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. νόμος that which is dealt out, fr. νέμειν to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]
      1. That which admits of being counted or reckoned; a unit, or an aggregate of units; a numerable aggregate or collection of individuals; an assemblage made up of distinct things expressible by figures.

      2. A collection of many individuals; a numerous assemblage; a multitude; many.

      Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fail to win over numbers. Addison.

      3. A numeral; a word or character denoting a number; as, “to put a number on a door”.

      4. Numerousness; multitude.

      Number itself importeth not much in armies where the people are of weak courage. Bacon.

      5. The state or quality of being numerable or countable.

      Of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds out of number. 2 Esdras iii. 7.

      6. Quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate of separate things.

      7. That which is regulated by count; poetic measure, as divisions of time or number of syllables; hence, poetry, verse; -- chiefly used in the plural.

      I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. Pope.

      8. ( Gram. ) The distinction of objects, as one, or more than one ( in some languages, as one, or two, or more than two ), expressed ( usually ) by a difference in the form of a word; thus, the singular number and the plural number are the names of the forms of a word indicating the objects denoted or referred to by the word as one, or as more than one.

      9. ( Math. ) The measure of the relation between quantities or things of the same kind; that abstract species of quantity which is capable of being expressed by figures; numerical value.

      Abstract number, Abundant number, Cardinal number, etc. See under Abstract, Abundant, etc. -- In numbers, in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.

    2. Number, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Numbered ( nŭmbẽrd ); p. pr & vb. n. Numbering.] [OE. nombren, noumbren, F. nombrer, fr. L. numerare, numeratum. See Number, n.]

      1. To count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of; to enumerate.

      If a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Gen. xiii. 16.

      2. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude.

      He was numbered with the transgressors. Is. liii. 12.

      3. To give or apply a number or numbers to; to assign the place of in a series by order of number; to designate the place of by a number or numeral; as, “to number the houses in a street, or the apartments in a building”.

      4. To amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, “the army numbers fifty thousand”.

      Thy tears can not number the dead. Campbell.

      Numbering machine, a machine for printing consecutive numbers, as on railway tickets, bank bills, etc.

      Syn. -- To count; enumerate; calculate; tell.