Definitions for numberˈnʌm bər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

num•ber*ˈnʌm bər(n.)

  1. a mathematical unit used to express an amount, quantity, etc., usu. having precise relations with other such units:

    Six is an even number.

  2. a numeral or group of numerals.

    Category: Math

  3. the sum, total, or aggregate of a collection of units:

    the number of people with reserved seats.

    Category: Usage Note

  4. the particular numeral assigned to an object to designate its place in a series:

    a house number; a license number.

    Category: Math

  5. one of a series of things distinguished by or marked with numerals.

  6. a certain collection or quantity not precisely reckoned, but considerable:

    a number of times.

  7. a collection or company.

  8. numbers, a considerable quantity; many: numerical strength or superiority. metrical feet; verse. Informal. the figures representing the actual cost, expense, profit, etc. arithmetic.

    Numbers came to the parade.

    Category: Prosody, Games, Informal

    Ref: numbers pool (def. 1). 1

  9. a tune or arrangement for singing or dancing.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. a distinct performance within a show, as a song or dance.

    Category: Music and Dance

  11. a single issue of a periodical.

    Category: Printing, Journalism

  12. a code of numerals, letters, or a combination of these, as that assigned to a particular telephone.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Telegraphy and Telephony

  13. Gram. a category of inflection or other variation in the form of a word serving to indicate whether the word has one or more than one referent, as in the distinction between singular and plural and, in some languages, dual or trial.

    Category: Grammar

  14. Informal. person; individual:

    a cute number.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  15. Informal. an article of merchandise, esp. of wearing apparel, offered for sale.

    Category: Informal

  16. (v.t.)to mark with or distinguish by numbers.

  17. to amount to or comprise in number; total.

  18. to consider or include in a number:

    I number myself among his friends.

  19. to count over one by one; enumerate; tell.

  20. to fix the number of.

  21. to ascertain the amount or quantity of; count.

  22. to apportion or divide.

  23. (v.i.)to make a total; reach an amount.

  24. to count.

Idioms for number:

  1. by the numbers, according to standard procedures; by the book. together or in unison to a called-out count.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

  2. do a number on, Slang. to undermine or humiliate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage), Idiom

  3. without number,of unknown or countless number; vast.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: See amount, collective noun .

Origin of number:

1250–1300; (n.) ME nombre < OF < L numerus; (v.) ME nombren < OF nombrer < L numerāre (der. of numerus)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. number, figure(noun)

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

    "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"

  2. number(noun)

    a concept of quantity involving zero and units

    "every number has a unique position in the sequence"

  3. act, routine, number, turn, bit(noun)

    a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

    "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. phone number, telephone number, number(noun)

    the number is used in calling a particular telephone

    "he has an unlisted number"

  5. numeral, number(noun)

    a symbol used to represent a number

    "he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"

  6. issue, number(noun)

    one of a series published periodically

    "she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"

  7. number(noun)

    a select company of people

    "I hope to become one of their number before I die"

  8. number, identification number(noun)

    a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification

    "she refused to give them her Social Security number"

  9. number(noun)

    a clothing measurement

    "a number 13 shoe"

  10. number(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"

  11. number(verb)

    an item of merchandise offered for sale

    "she preferred the black nylon number"; "this sweater is an all-wool number"

  12. total, number, add up, come, amount(verb)

    add up in number or quantity

    "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000"

  13. number(verb)

    give numbers to

    "You should number the pages of the thesis"

  14. number, list(verb)


    "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"

  15. count, number(verb)

    put into a group

    "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"

  16. count, number, enumerate, numerate(verb)

    determine the number or amount of

    "Can you count the books on your shelf?"; "Count your change"

  17. number, keep down(verb)

    place a limit on the number of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. number(noun)ˈnʌm bər

    a symbol or word showing an amount or quantity

    Write the numbers 1 -10.; letters and numbers; Pick a high/low number.

  2. numberˈnʌm bər

    a quantity of sth

    The number of polar bears is decreasing.; A large number of people came to the meeting.

  3. numberˈnʌm bər

    some or many

    The company faces a number of challenges.

  4. numberˈnʌm bər

    a set of numbers used to contact sb using the telephone

    Did you write down my number?

  5. numberˈnʌm bər

    indicates the position in a series

    the song at number ten in the charts; We're No. 1!

  6. number(verb)ˈnʌm bər

    to put a number on or by sth

    Number the items on your list.; Each area on the map is numbered.

  7. numberˈnʌm bər

    to add up to

    an audience that numbered at least four thousand

Webster Dictionary

  1. Number(noun)

    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. Number(noun)

    a collection of many individuals; a numerous assemblage; a multitude; many

  3. Number(noun)

    a numeral; a word or character denoting a number; as, to put a number on a door

  4. Number(noun)

    numerousness; multitude

  5. Number(noun)

    the state or quality of being numerable or countable

  6. Number(noun)

    quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate of separate things

  7. Number(noun)

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

  8. Number(noun)

    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. Number(noun)

    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

  10. Number(noun)

    to count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of; to enumerate

  11. Number(noun)

    to reckon as one of a collection or multitude

  12. Number(noun)

    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

  13. Number(noun)

    to amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand


  1. Number

    A number is a mathematical object used to count, label, and measure. In mathematics, the definition of number has been extended over the years to include such numbers as 0, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and complex numbers. Mathematical operations are certain procedures that take one or more numbers as input and produce a number as output. Unary operations take a single input number and produce a single output number. For example, the successor operation adds 1 to an integer, thus the successor of 4 is 5. Binary operations take two input numbers and produce a single output number. Examples of binary operations include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and exponentiation. The study of numerical operations is called arithmetic. A notational symbol that represents a number is called a numeral. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels, for ordering, and for codes. In common usage, the word number can mean the abstract object, the symbol, or the word for the number.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'number' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #166

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'number' in Written Corpus Frequency: #216

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'number' in Nouns Frequency: #18

Translations for number

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(sometimes abbreviated to no– plural nos – when written in front of a figure) a word or figure showing eg how many of something there are, or the position of something in a series etc

Seven was often considered a magic number; Answer nos 1; –10 of exercise 2.

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