What does number mean?

Definitions for number
ˈnʌm bərnum·ber

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word number.

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)

    enumerate

    "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

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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  2. Number(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  3. Number(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  4. Number(noun)

    numerousness; multitude

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  5. Number(noun)

    the state or quality of being numerable or countable

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  6. Number(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  10. Number(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  11. Number(noun)

    to reckon as one of a collection or multitude

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

  13. Number(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein to deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Number

    num′bėr, n. that by which things are counted or computed: a collection of things: more than one: a unit in counting: a numerical figure: the measure of multiplicity: sounds distributed into harmonies: metre, verse, esp. in pl.: (gram.) the difference in words to express singular or plural: (pl.) the fourth book of the Old Testament.—v.t. to count: to reckon as one of a multitude: to mark with a number: to amount to.—n. Num′berer.—adj. Num′berless, without number: more than can be counted.—ns. Numerabil′ity, Nū′merableness.—adj. Nū′merable, that may be numbered or counted.—adv. Nū′merably.—adj. Nū′meral, pertaining to, consisting of, or expressing number.—n. a figure or mark used to express a number, as 1, 2, 3, &c.: (gram.) a word used to denote a number.—adv. Nū′merally, according to number.—adj. Nū′merary, belonging to a certain number: contained within or counting as one of a body or a number—opp. to Supernumerary.—v.t. Nū′merāte, to point off and read as figures: (orig.) to enumerate, to number.—ns. Nūmerā′tion, act of numbering: the art of reading numbers, and expressing their values; Nū′merātor, one who numbers: the upper number of a vulgar fraction, which expresses the number of fractional parts taken.—adjs. Nūmer′ic, -al, belonging to, or consisting in, number: the same both in number and kind.—adv. Nūmer′ically.—n. Nūmeros′ity, numerousness: harmonious flow.—adj. Nū′merous, great in number: being many.—adv. Nū′merously.—n. Nū′merousness. [Fr. nombre—L. numerus, number.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. number

    The number on the ship's books is marked on the clothing of seamen; that on a man's hammock or bag corresponds with his number on the watch and station bill. The ships of the royal navy are denoted by flags expressing letters, and when passing or nearing each other the names are exchanged by signals.--Losing the number of the mess, is a phrase for dying suddenly; being killed or drowned.

Editors Contribution

  1. number

    A known mathematical symbol.

    Numbers are learnt and known.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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

How to pronounce number?

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How to say number in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of number in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of number in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of number in a Sentence

  1. Etienne Comon:

    Insurers are becoming much more sophisticated about investing in private equity, a number of U.S. and European insurers are taking stakes in alternative asset management companies.

  2. Cao Weidong:

    Modern naval warfare often requires the mobilization and deployment of a large number of ships while the mass production of naval ships in peacetime is not economically sensible, therefore, it is a common practice that shipbuilders reserve some military application platforms on their civilian vessels so they can serve the navy in wartime.

  3. Martin Fischer:

    We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask, we want to emphasize that we really encourage people to wear masks, but we want them to wear masks that actually work.

  4. Mitt Romney:

    Donald Trump has said a number of things which are hurtful and he has said that they were childish in some respects and I think will be potentially problematic either in a primary or in a general election if he were to become the nominee.

  5. Chief Executive Andy Ransom:

    I would still be hopeful that we can do above 50 million but at the moment I think 50 million is a pretty good number.

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