Definition of Number in English :

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Number meaning in English

Meaning of Number in English

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Number pronunciation in English

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1. figure, number

the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

Example Sentences:
'he had a number of chores to do'
'the number of parameters is small'
'the figure was about a thousand'

2. number

a concept of quantity involving zero and units

Example Sentences:
'every number has a unique position in the sequence'

3. act, bit, number, routine, turn

a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

Example Sentences:
'he did his act three times every evening'
'she had a catchy little routine'
'it was one of the best numbers he ever did'

4. number, phone number, telephone number

the number is used in calling a particular telephone

Example Sentences:
'he has an unlisted number'

5. number, numeral

a symbol used to represent a number

Example Sentences:
'he learned to write the numerals before he went to school'

6. issue, number

one of a series published periodically

Example Sentences:
'she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room'

7. number

a select company of people

Example Sentences:
'I hope to become one of their number before I die'

8. identification number, number

a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification

Example Sentences:
'she refused to give them her Social Security number'

9. number

a clothing measurement

Example Sentences:
'a number 13 shoe'

10. number

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)

Example Sentences:
'in English the subject and the verb must agree in number'

11. number

an item of merchandise offered for sale

Example Sentences:
'she preferred the black nylon number'
'this sweater is an all-wool number'


12. add up, amount, come, number, total

add up in number or quantity

Example Sentences:
'The bills amounted to $2,000'
'The bill came to $2,000'

13. number

give numbers to

Example Sentences:
'You should number the pages of the thesis'

14. list, number


Example Sentences:
'We must number the names of the great mathematicians'

15. count, number

put into a group

Example Sentences:
'The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members'

16. count, enumerate, number, numerate

determine the number or amount of

Example Sentences:
'Can you count the books on your shelf?'
'Count your change'

17. keep down, number

place a limit on the number of

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of number
a concept of quantity that is or can be derived from a single unit, the sum of a collection of units, or zero. Every number occupies a unique position in a sequence, enabling it to be used in counting. It can be assigned to one or more sets that can be arranged in a hierarchical classification: every number is a complex number; a complex number is either an imaginary number or a real number, and the latter can be a rational number or an irrational number; a rational number is either an integer or a fraction, while an irrational number can be a transcendental number or an algebraic number
complex number, imaginary number, real number, rational number, irrational number, integer, fraction, transcendental number, algebraic number, See also cardinal number, ordinal number
the symbol used to represent a number; numeral
a numeral or string of numerals used to identify a person or thing, esp in numerical order
a telephone number
the person or thing so identified or designated
she was number seven in the race
the sum or quantity of equal or similar units or things
a large number of people
one of a series, as of a magazine or periodical; issue
a self-contained piece of pop or jazz music
a self-contained part of an opera or other musical score, esp one for the stage
a group or band of people, esp an exclusive group
he was not one of our number
9. slang
a person, esp a woman
who's that nice little number?
10. informal
an admired article, esp an item of clothing for a woman
that little number is by Dior
11. slang
a cannabis cigarette
roll another number
a grammatical category for the variation in form of nouns, pronouns, and any words agreeing with them, depending on how many persons or things are referred to, esp as singular or plural in number and in some languages dual or trial
13.  any number of
14.  by numbers
15.  do a number on someone
16.  get someone's number
17.  in numbers
18.  one's number is up
19.  without number
verb (mainly tr)
to assign a number to
to add up to; total
22. (also intr)
to list (items) one by one; enumerate
23. (also intr)
to put or be put into a group, category, etc
they were numbered among the worst hit
to limit the number of
his days were numbered

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see synonyms of number
a symbol or word, or a group of either of these, showing how many or which one in a series
1, 2, 10, 101 (one, two, ten, one hundred and one) are called cardinal numbers; 1st, 2d, 10th, 101st (first, second, tenth, one hundred and first) are called ordinal numbers
2.  [pl.]
the sum or total of persons or units; aggregate
4.  [with pl. v.]
a collection of persons or things; company; assemblage
a small number of people
a.  [often pl.]
a large group; many
cut down numbers of trees
b.  [pl.]
numerical superiority
safety in numbers
c.  US; [pl.]
statistics, ratings, etc.
the pitcher's salary will be based on last year's numbers
quantity, as consisting of units
a number of errors
one of a series or group that is numbered or thought of as numbered
; specif.,
a single issue of a periodical
the winter number of a quarterly
a single song, dance, skit, etc. in a program of entertainment
c.  US, Slang
a pattern of behavior or thought, esp. one characteristic of a particular individual, group, etc.
8.  Informal
a person or thing singled out
this hat is a smart number
see also opposite number
9.  Grammar
a characteristic, as of nouns and verbs, indicating whether a given utterance involves reference to one or more than one entity, or, in some languages, to exactly two; also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
the form a word takes to indicate this characteristic
any of the sets of such forms
see also singular, dual number, plural
10.  [pl.]; Obsolete
metrical form; meter
metrical lines; verses
verb transitive
to total the number of persons or things in; count; enumerate
to give a number to; designate by number
to include as one of a group, class, or category
numbered among the missing
to fix or limit the number or the duration of
his days are numbered
to have or comprise; total
a library numbering 10,000 volumes
verb intransitive
to total; count; enumerate
to be numbered; be included

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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1. Mathematics
a. A member of the set of positive integers; one of a series of symbols of unique meaning in a fixed order that can be derived by counting.
b. A member of any of the following sets of mathematical objects: integers, rational numbers, real numbers, and complex numbers. These sets can be derived from the positive integers through various algebraic and analytic constructions.
2. numbers Arithmetic.
a. A symbol or word used to represent a number.
b. A numeral or a series of numerals used for reference or identification: his telephone number; the apartment number.
a. A position in an ordered sequence that corresponds to one of the positive integers: the house that is number three from the corner; ranked number six in her class.
b. One item in a group or series considered to be in numerical order: an old number of a magazine.
5. A total; a sum: the number of feet in a mile.
6. An indefinite quantity of units or individuals: The crowd was small in number. A number of people complained.
7. numbers
a. A large quantity; a multitude: Numbers of people visited the fair.
b. Numerical superiority: The South had leaders, the North numbers.
8. Grammar The indication, as by inflection, of the singularity, duality, or plurality of a linguistic form.
9. numbers
a. Metrical feet or lines; verses: "These numbers will I tear, and write in prose" (Shakespeare).
b. Obsolete Poetic meter.
10. numbers Archaic Musical periods or measures.
11. numbers (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Games A numbers game.
12. Numbers (used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.
13. One of the separate offerings in a program of music or other entertainment: The band's second number was a march.
14. Slang A frequently repeated, characteristic speech, argument, or performance: suspects doing their usual numberprotesting innocence.
15. Slang A person or thing singled out for a particular characteristic: a crafty number.
v. num·bered, num·ber·ing, num·bers
1. To assign a number to or mark with a number: Did you number the pages of the report?
2. To determine the number or amount of; count: Tickets sold for the show were numbered at 500.
3. To total in number or amount; add up to: The ships in the harbor number around 100.
4. To include in a group or category: He was numbered among the lost.
5. To limit or restrict in number: Our days are numbered.
1. To call off numbers; count: numbering to ten.
2. To have as a total; amount to a number: The applicants numbered in the thousands.

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