What does quantity mean?

Definitions for quantity
ˈkwɒn tɪ tiquan·ti·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. measure, quantity, amountnoun

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

  2. quantitynoun

    an adequate or large amount

    "he had a quantity of ammunition"

  3. quantitynoun

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


  1. quantitynoun

    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. quantitynoun

    An indefinite amount of something.

  3. quantitynoun

    A specific measured amount.

  4. quantitynoun

    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. quantitynoun

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

  6. quantitynoun

    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. Etymology: From quantitas, from quantus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quantitynoun

    Etymology: quantité, Fr. quantitas, Lat.

    Quantity is what may be increased or diminished. George Cheyne.

    Unskill’d in hellebore, if thou shou’dst try
    To mix it, and mistake the quantity,
    The rules of physick wou’d against thee cry. Dryden.

    If I were saw’d into quantities, I should make four dozen of such bearded hermites staves as master Shallow. William Shakespeare.

    The warm antiscorbutical plants, taken in quantities, will occasion stinking breath, and corrupt the blood. Arbuthnot.

    The easy pronunciation of a mute before a liquid does not necessarily make the preceding vowel, by position, long in quantity; as patrem. William Holder, Elements of Speech.


  1. Quantity

    Quantity is a property that can exist as a multitude or magnitude, which illustrate discontinuity and continuity. Quantities can be compared in terms of "more", "less", or "equal", or by assigning a numerical value in terms of a unit of measurement. Mass, time, distance, heat, and angular separation are among the familiar examples of quantitative properties. Quantity is among the basic classes of things along with quality, substance, change, and relation. Some quantities are such by their inner nature (as number), while others function as states (properties, dimensions, attributes) of things such as heavy and light, long and short, broad and narrow, small and great, or much and little. Under the name of multitude comes what is discontinuous and discrete and divisible ultimately into indivisibles, such as: army, fleet, flock, government, company, party, people, mess (military), chorus, crowd, and number; all which are cases of collective nouns. Under the name of magnitude comes what is continuous and unified and divisible only into smaller divisibles, such as: matter, mass, energy, liquid, material—all cases of non-collective nouns. Along with analyzing its nature and classification, the issues of quantity involve such closely related topics as dimensionality, equality, proportion, the measurements of quantities, the units of measurements, number and numbering systems, the types of numbers and their relations to each other as numerical ratios.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quantityverb

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

  2. Quantitynoun

    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. Quantitynoun

    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. Quantitynoun

    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. Quantitynoun

    the relative duration of a tone

  6. Quantitynoun

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

  7. Quantitynoun

    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. Etymology: [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) )

Editors Contribution

  1. quantity

    A specific number.

    The quantity of boxes at the warehouse was always known as the system was so organized and structured.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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  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

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  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. Andrea Canaan:

    It's as if we think liberation a fixed quantity, that there is only so much to go around. That an individual or community is liberated at the expense of another When we view liberation as a scarce resource, something only a precious few of us can have, we stifle our potential, our creativity, our genius for living, learning and growing.

  2. Massoud Barzani:

    Is there a ceiling on the heavy weapons systems that we should receive in terms of the quantity and quality? The answer is not very clear to us.

  3. RJ Intindola:

    When you have a choice between quantity or quality, always choose quality; except when it comes to money.

  4. Ingrid Skop:

    Judicial Watch’s action shines light on the FDA’s lack of transparency regarding the dangerous drug mifepristone, after 22 years, and progressively diminished supervision, the American public still has no reassurance regarding the quality of the manufacturing process or the quantity of complications because the FDA does not mandate complication reporting unless it results in a woman’s death.

  5. Katherine Zeratsky:

    A 4-ounce cup of juice is considered a serving of fruit, i think most consumers of juice are generally drinking more than 4 ounces. Then, the next question is, within the greater quantity, how does that balance within one's diet? And then probably the next question is, is that fruit juice consumption offsetting the intake of other nutritious food?

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