Definitions of number

  1.   place a limit on the number of
  2.   To reckon as one of a collection or multitude.
  3.   The state or quality of being numerable or countable.
  4.   a clothing measurement; " a number 13 shoe"
  5.   A unit or collection of units.
  6.   To count; mark with a number; amount to.
  7.   a select company of people; " I hope to become one of their number before I die"
  8.   A collection of things or persons; a unit; verse; in gram., difference expressing the singular or plural.
  9.   Numerousness; multitude.
  10.   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.
  11.   The form indicating the singular or plural.
  12.   the number is used in calling a particular telephone; " he has an unlisted number"
  13.   A unit; one, or more than one; a total of units; multitude; one of a series; in grammar, quality of a word by which it refers to one ( singular number), or to more than one ( plural number); poetry, meter, or verse: usually in plural; as, he wrote in numbers.
  14.   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"
  15.   a symbol used to represent a number; " he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
  16.   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"
  17.   Poetic measure; commonly in the plural.
  18.   one of a series published periodically; " she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waitingroom"
  19.   To amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand.
  20.   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 4th book of the Old Test. from its having the numbers of the Israelites.
  21.   ( informal) a clothing measurement; " a number 13 shoe"
  22.   A unit; an assemblage of units; more than one; many; a multitude; one of a series; measure, or the order and quantity of syllables constituting feet; verse; the difference of termination of a word, to express unity or plurality.
  23.   a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification; " she refused to give them her Social Security number"
  24.   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.
  25.   enumerate; " We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
  26.   NUMBERER.
  27.   To count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of; to enumerate.
  28.   A numeral; a word or character denoting a number; as, to put a number on a door.
  29.   That which is regulated by count; poetic measure, as divisions of time or number of syllables; hence, poetry, verse; - chiefly used in the plural.
  30.   The place of any unit in a series; see No.
  31.   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"
  32.   To count; reckon.
  33.   put into a group; " The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
  34.   To count; reckon; designate by number; amount to.
  35.   To ascertain the units of any sum or multitude; to reckon among; to amount to; to mark with a number.
  36.   The science of numerals.
  37.   a concept of quantity derived from zero and units; " every number has a unique position in the sequence"
  38.   A collection of many individuals; a numerous assemblage; a multitude; many.
  39.   give numbers to; " You should number the pages of the thesis"
  40.   determine the number or amount of; " Can you count the books on your shelf?"; " Count your change"
  41.   To reckon as one of a collection or multitude; to count; to calculate.
  42.   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.
  43.   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.
  44.   One, or more than one; many; a multitude; a collection of units or things of the same kind; the variations in the endings of words, as of nouns and verbs, to express sing, or plu.; division of a work published in parts; in the plu. numbers, poetic measure, or verse.
  45.   add up in number or quantity; " The bills amounted to $ 2, 000"; " The bill came to $ 2, 000"
  46.   Quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate of separate things.
  47.   an item of merchandise offered for sale; " she preferred the black nylon number"; " this sweater is an all- wool number"
  48.   To count: to reckon as one of a multitude: to mark with a number: to amount to.
  49.   A numeral.

Quotes of number

  1. I have seen one shrike occupy himself for hours in sticking up on thorns, a number of small fishes that the fishermen had thrown on the shore. The fishes dried up and decayed. – John Bachman
  2. A number of the major terrorist captures we have made, the terrorist operations designed for the United States that we have interrupted, were enabled by the terrorist tracking program. – Christopher Bond
  3. I wish your increase in holiness, number love, religion, and righteousness; and wait you, and cease to contend with these men that are gone from us, for there is nothing that shall convince them but judgment. – Donald Cargill
  4. I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes. This is something that is very, very scary to all of us. The island states in the world represent- I remember this number one -half of 1 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. And they will- some of them will disappear. – Steven Chu
  5. The opportunity, number one, to work with Ang Lee is an amazing thing for me. – Sam Elliott
  6. The first organised opposition by women to women's suffrage in England dates from 1889, when a number of ladies led by Mrs Ward appealed against the proposed extension of the Parliamentary suffrage to women. – Millicent Fawcett
  7. Human nerves quickly get accustomed to the most unusual conditions and circumstances and I noticed that quite a number of men actually fell asleep from sheer exhaustion in the trenches, in spite of the roaring of the cannon about us and the whizzing of shrapnel over our heads. – Fritz Kreisler
  8. New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move. – David Letterman
  9. This... there's nothing more difficult than this. Because we have really, truly good white people in important positions. And the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions we will not change the problem. We're in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power. – Mark Lloyd
  10. With Jack Abramoff under indictment, a number of readers have suggested that now he might flip and try to offer the feds some figures higher up the food -chain. – Joshua Micah Marshall
  11. I always wanted to be the best I could be at whatever I did. I didn't want to be the number one golfer in the world. I just wanted to be as good as I could be. I work hard, I push myself hard, and I probably even expect too much of myself. – Greg Norman
  12. Seven is a lucky number so I plan to do a lot of lucky things with my seventh place title. – Anwar Robinson
  13. Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty. – Adam Smith
  14. Higher education is confronting challenges, like the economy is, about the need for a higher number of more adequately trained, more highly educated citizenry. – Margaret Spellings
  15. In my early years, there were a number of experiences that made me decide I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. There were a number of issues I wanted to address. And I wanted to use my career as a platform. – Cicely Tyson

Usage examples for number

  1. “ I have waited for the round number to decide whether I should take any notice of it or not? ” – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  2. “ That's the worst of being number five! ” – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  3. His position depends, not on the number of people who are ill, and whom he can keep ill, but on the number of people who are well. ” – The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors by George Bernard Shaw
  4. He came to a place where one of their number had died. ” – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  5. There are quite a number of 'conceivable' things about you. ” – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  6. “ I saw him a number of years afterwards in perfect health." ” – The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University by Robert Peter
  7. He considered three his lucky number – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  8. Glass number three .... ” – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  9. “ " Never mind the number of his men, or how they fight," said Lawrence. ” – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  10. In number the eggs are sometimes four, sometimes five, and I have heard of six being found. ” – The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 by Allan O. Hume
  11. “ He's worried over Garvin- and a number of things.... ” – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  12. Now you can go and get your number – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  13. She had not seen them for a number of years. ” – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  14. Have you noticed, Agnes, what a number of gypsies seem to cross our path? ” – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  15. In the evening he lights up his room by a large number of candles. ” – Methods of Authors by Hugo Erichsen
  16. “ " In number thirty- eight; that is all I know. ” – The Tracer of Lost Persons by Robert W. Chambers
  17. Our friends were in a world of their own, all thirty- seven of them well, and it seemed they had two more little girls added to their number since they started. ” – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett
  18. “ A number of warriors, however, seated themselves near the Delawares. ” – Spotted Deer by Elmer Gregor
  19. How did anyone get my number so soon? ” – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  20. “ Makee laugh, not number one. ” – In the Yellow Sea by Henry Frith

Idioms for number