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. put into a group; " The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
  3. determine the number or amount of; " Can you count the books on your shelf?"; " Count your change"
  4. 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"
  5. a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification; " she refused to give them her Social Security number"
  6. one of a series published periodically; " she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waitingroom"
  7. place a limit on the number of
  8. enumerate; " We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
  9. an item of merchandise offered for sale; " she preferred the black nylon number"; " this sweater is an all- wool number"
  10. ( informal) a clothing measurement; " a number 13 shoe"
  11. 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"
  12. the number is used in calling a particular telephone; " he has an unlisted number"
  13. a symbol used to represent a number; " he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
  14. a concept of quantity derived from zero and units; " every number has a unique position in the sequence"
  15. a clothing measurement; " a number 13 shoe"
  16. a select company of people; " I hope to become one of their number before I die"
  17. give numbers to; " You should number the pages of the thesis"
  18. 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.
  19. A numeral; a word or character denoting a number; as, to put a number on a door.
  20. Numerousness; multitude.
  21. The state or quality of being numerable or countable.
  22. Quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate of separate things.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude.
  26. 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.
  27. To amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand.
  28. That which is regulated by count; poetic measure, as divisions of time or number of syllables; hence, poetry, verse; - chiefly used in the plural.
  29. 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.
  30. To count; mark with a number; amount to.
  31. 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.
  32. To count: to reckon as one of a multitude: to mark with a number: to amount to.
  34. A collection of things or persons; a unit; verse; in gram., difference expressing the singular or plural.
  35. To count; reckon.
  36. To count; reckon; designate by number; amount to.
  37. A numeral.
  38. A unit or collection of units.
  39. The science of numerals.
  40. Poetic measure; commonly in the plural.
  41. The form indicating the singular or plural.
  42. 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.
  43. To ascertain the units of any sum or multitude; to reckon among; to amount to; to mark with a number.
  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. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude; to count; to calculate.

Usage examples for number

  1. Now you can go and get your number." – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  2. A number of warriors, however, seated themselves near the Delawares. – Spotted Deer by Elmer Gregor
  3. " In number thirty- eight; that is all I know. – The Tracer of Lost Persons by Robert W. Chambers
  4. 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
  5. There are quite a number of 'conceivable' things about you. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  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. That's the worst of being number five! – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I saw him a number of years afterwards in perfect health." – The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University by Robert Peter
  12. Have you noticed, Agnes, what a number of gypsies seem to cross our path? – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  13. He's worried over Garvin- and a number of things.... – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  14. " Never mind the number of his men, or how they fight," said Lawrence. – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Glass number three .... – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  18. He considered three his lucky number. – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes