What does quantity mean?

Definitions for quantity
ˈkwɒn tɪ tiquan·ti·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. measure, quantity, amount(noun)

    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

  2. quantity(noun)

    an adequate or large amount

    "he had a quantity of ammunition"

  3. quantity(noun)

    the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable


  1. quantity(Noun)

    A fundamental, generic term used when referring to the measurement (count, amount) of a scalar, vector, number of items or to some other way of denominating the value of a collection or group of items.

    You have to choose between quantity and quality.

  2. quantity(Noun)

    An indefinite amount of something.

  3. quantity(Noun)

    A specific measured amount.

  4. quantity(Noun)

    A considerable measure or amount.

    The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

  5. quantity(Noun)

    Property of a phenomenon, body, or substance, where the property has a magnitude that can be expressed as number and a reference.

  6. quantity(Noun)

    Indicates that the entire preceding expression is henceforth considered a single object.

    x plus y quantity squared equals x squared plus 2xy plus y squared.

  7. Origin: From quantitas, from quantus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quantity(verb)

    to modify or qualify with respect to quantity; to fix or express the quantity of; to rate

  2. Quantity(noun)

    the attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the property of being measurable, or capable of increase and decrease, multiplication and division; greatness; and more concretely, that which answers the question "How much?"; measure in regard to bulk or amount; determinate or comparative dimensions; measure; amount; bulk; extent; size

  3. Quantity(noun)

    the extent or extension of a general conception, that is, the number of species or individuals to which it may be applied; also, its content or comprehension, that is, the number of its constituent qualities, attributes, or relations

  4. Quantity(noun)

    the measure of a syllable; that which determines the time in which it is pronounced; as, the long or short quantity of a vowel or syllable

  5. Quantity(noun)

    the relative duration of a tone

  6. Quantity(noun)

    that which can be increased, diminished, or measured; especially (Math.), anything to which mathematical processes are applicable

  7. Quantity(noun)

    a determinate or estimated amount; a sum or bulk; a certain portion or part; sometimes, a considerable amount; a large portion, bulk, or sum; as, a medicine taken in quantities, that is, in large quantities

  8. Origin: [F. quantite, L. quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow, E. how, who. See Who.]


  1. Quantity

    Quantity is a property that can exist as a magnitude or multitude. Quantities can be compared in terms of "more", "less" or "equal", or by assigning a numerical value in terms of a unit of measurement. Quantity is among the basic classes of things along with quality, substance, change, and relation. Being a fundamental term, quantity is used to refer to any type of quantitative properties or attributes of things. Some quantities are such by their inner nature, while others are functioning as states of things such as heavy and light, long and short, broad and narrow, small and great, or much and little. A small quantity is sometimes referred to as a quantulum. Two basic divisions of quantity, magnitude and multitude, imply the principal distinction between continuity and discontinuity. Under the names of multitude come what is discontinuous and discrete and divisible into indivisibles, all cases of collective nouns: army, fleet, flock, government, company, party, people, chorus, crowd, mess, number, extent, size, and amount. Under the names of magnitude come what is continuous and unified and divisible into divisibles, all cases of non-collective nouns: the universe, matter, mass, energy, liquid, material, animal, plant, tree.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quantity

    kwon′ti-ti, n. the amount of anything: bulk: size: a determinate amount: a sum or bulk: a large portion: (logic) the extent of a conception: (gram.) the measure of a syllable: (mus.) the relative duration of a tone: (math.) anything which can be increased, divided, or measured: (Shak.) a small part: (Shak.) proportion.—adj. Quan′titātive, relating to quantity: measurable in quantity: (chem.) determining the relative proportions of components.—advs. Quan′titātively, Quan′titively.—ns. Quan′titātiveness; Quantiv′alence (chem.), the combining power of an atom as compared with that of the hydrogen atom, valence.—adj. Quantiv′alent.—Quantitative logic, the doctrine of probability.—Constant quantity (math.), a quantity that remains the same while others vary. [Fr.,—L. quantitas, quantitatisquantus, how much—quam, how.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Quantity

    This term is used to express arrangements of electrical connections for giving the largest quantity of current, as a quantity armature, meaning one wound for low resistance. A battery is connected in quantity when the cells are all in parallel. It is the arrangement giving the largest current through a very small external resistance. The term is now virtually obsolete (Daniell); "in surface," "in parallel," or "in multiple arc" is used.

  2. Quantity

    Electro-magnetic. Quantity is determined electro-magnetically by the measurement of current intensity for a second of time: its dimensions are therefore given by multiplying intensity or current strength by time. The dimensions of intensity are   ( (M^.5) * (L^.5) ) / T therefore the dimensions of electro-magnetic quantity are   ( ( (M^.5) * (L^.5) ) / T ) * T = ( (M^.5) * (L^.5) )

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quantity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3954

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quantity' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4783

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quantity' in Nouns Frequency: #1062


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quantity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quantity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quantity in a Sentence

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    Love is a quality, not a quantity.

  2. Kamal Baheti:

    We will regain lost quantity this year.

  3. Ryan Feit:

    We were always about quality over quantity.

  4. Seneca:

    It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

  5. Seneca the Younger:

    It is quality rather than quantity that matters.

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