Definition of Number

1. Noun. The property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals. "The figure was about a thousand"

Exact synonyms: Figure
Generic synonyms: Amount
Specialized synonyms: Multiplicity, Numerosity, Numerousness, Preponderance, Prevalence, Countlessness, Innumerableness, Bulk, Majority, Minority, Fewness, Roundness
Derivative terms: Figure

2. Verb. Add up in number or quantity. "The bill came to $2,000"
Exact synonyms: Add Up, Amount, Come, Total
Specialized synonyms: Work Out, Outnumber, Average, Average Out, Make
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Amount, Amount, Total, Total

3. Noun. A concept of quantity involving zero and units. "Every number has a unique position in the sequence"

4. Verb. Give numbers to. "You should number the pages of the thesis"
Specialized synonyms: Foliate, Page, Paginate
Generic synonyms: Denominate, Designate
Derivative terms: Numbering

5. Noun. A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program. "It was one of the best numbers he ever did"
Exact synonyms: Act, Bit, Routine, Turn
Generic synonyms: Performance, Public Presentation
Specialized synonyms: Show-stopper, Showstopper, Stopper
Derivative terms: Act, Act, Act

6. Verb. Enumerate. "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
Exact synonyms: List
Specialized synonyms: Itemise, Itemize
Generic synonyms: Identify, Name
Derivative terms: List, Listing, Listing, Numbering

7. Noun. The number is used in calling a particular telephone. "He has an unlisted number"
Exact synonyms: Phone Number, Telephone Number
Generic synonyms: Sign, Signal, Signaling

8. Verb. Put into a group. "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
Exact synonyms: Count
Generic synonyms: Assort, Class, Classify, Separate, Sort, Sort Out

9. Noun. A symbol used to represent a number. "He learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
Exact synonyms: Numeral
Generic synonyms: Symbol
Specialized synonyms: Arabic Numeral, Hindu Numeral, Hindu-arabic Numeral, Roman Numeral, Antilog, Antilogarithm

10. Verb. Determine the number or amount of. "They number the money "; "Count your change"

11. Noun. One of a series published periodically. "She found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"
Exact synonyms: Issue
Generic synonyms: Periodical
Group relationships: Serial, Serial Publication, Series
Specialized synonyms: Edition
Derivative terms: Issue

12. Verb. Place a limit on the number of.
Exact synonyms: Keep Down
Generic synonyms: Circumscribe, Confine, Limit

13. Noun. A select company of people. "I hope to become one of their number before I die"
Generic synonyms: Company

14. Noun. A numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification. "She refused to give them her Social Security number"

15. Noun. A clothing measurement. "A number 13 shoe"
Generic synonyms: Size
Language type: Colloquialism

16. Noun. 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). "In English the subject and the verb must agree in number"

17. Noun. An item of merchandise offered for sale. "This sweater is an all-wool number"
Generic synonyms: Merchandise, Product, Ware

Definition of Number

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

Definition of Number

1. Noun. An abstract entity used to describe quantity. ¹

2. Noun. A numeral: a symbol for a non-negative integer ¹

3. Noun. (countable mathematics) A member of one of several classes: natural numbers,integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, quaternions. ¹

4. Noun. (context: 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. ¹

5. Noun. Quantity. ¹

6. Noun. (grammar) Of a word or phrase, the state of being singular, dual or plural, shown by inflection. ¹

7. Noun. (context: now rare in the plural) Poetic metres; verses, rhymes. ¹

8. Noun. A performance; especially, a single song or song and dance routine within a larger show. ¹

9. Noun. (informal) A person ¹

10. Noun. (informal) An item of clothing, particularly a stylish one ¹

11. Noun. (informal) A telephone number ¹

12. Noun. A sequence of digits and letters used to register people, automobiles, and various other items. ¹

13. Noun. (slang chiefly US) A marijuana cigarette, or joint; also, a quantity of marijuana bought form a dealer. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To label (items) with numbers; to assign numbers to (items). ¹

15. Verb. (intransitive) To total or count; to amount to. ¹

16. Adjective. (comparative of numb) ¹

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Definition of Number

1. to count [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: count

Medical Definition of Number

1. 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. Synonym: To count, enumerate, calculate, tell. Origin: OE. Nombren, noumbren, F. Nombrer, fr. L. Numerare, numeratum. See Number. 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. 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. 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 Abstract, Abundant, etc. In numbers, in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers. Origin: OE. Nombre, F. Nombre, L. Numerus; akin to Gr. That which is dealt out, fr. To deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Number

nullius filius
nullius in bonis
number (current term)
number 1
number 2
number 2 pencil
number agreement
number cruncher
number crunchers
number crunching
number eight
number eights

Literary usage of Number

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1908)
"Plato begins by speaking of a perfect or cyclical number (cp. Tim. 39 D), ie a number in which the sum of the divisors equals the whole ; this is the divine ..."

2. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1854)
"AN ACT providing for tlie taking of the seventh and subsequent censuses of the United States., and to fix the number of members of the House of ..."

3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839)
"Some conjurers say that number three is the magic number, and some say number seven. It's neither, my friend, neither. It's number one." "Ha! ha! ..."

4. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"Our conclusion, therefore, is that he who is to be happy must have good friends. number of . _ 10. Are we to make as many friends as possible ? i friends. ..."

5. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1839)
"This number continued to increase un- til the year 1813, when it reached to twenty.three : from that time it began to decrease, and in 1833, ..."

6. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"Figure 52 exhibits several of these number forms, as Galton called them. These are very excellent illustrations of individual modes of organizing experience ..."

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