Definitions of number

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

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. " In number thirty- eight; that is all I know. – The Tracer of Lost Persons by Robert W. Chambers
  2. 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
  3. In the evening he lights up his room by a large number of candles. – Methods of Authors by Hugo Erichsen
  4. " Never mind the number of his men, or how they fight," said Lawrence. – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  5. Have you noticed, Agnes, what a number of gypsies seem to cross our path? – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  6. She had not seen them for a number of years. – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  7. Makee laugh, not number one. – In the Yellow Sea by Henry Frith
  8. I saw him a number of years afterwards in perfect health." – The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University by Robert Peter
  9. Glass number three .... – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  10. That's the worst of being number five! – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. 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
  12. There are quite a number of 'conceivable' things about you. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  13. 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
  14. Now you can go and get your number – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  15. He's worried over Garvin- and a number of things.... – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  16. How did anyone get my number so soon? – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  17. He considered three his lucky number – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  18. A number of warriors, however, seated themselves near the Delawares. – Spotted Deer by Elmer Gregor
  19. 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
  20. 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