Five is a number.
- The definition of a number is a word or symbol that represents an amount of people, things or units.
An example of a number is five.
- To number is defined as to count or to assign an order to people or things.
An example of number is a pulled ticket at a deli giving the order in which a customer will be called.
- : 1, 2, 10, 101 (one, two, ten, one hundred and one) are called cardinal numbers; 1st, 2d, 10th, 101st (first, second, tenth, one hundred and first) are called ordinal numbers
- a mathematical unit or value, signifying a quantity, a position in a series, etc., and expressed by a symbol or word or by a group of symbols or words
- a figure, letter, word, or a group of these, representing a numerical unit or value
- [pl.] arithmetic
- the sum or total of persons or units; aggregate
- [with pl. v.] a collection of persons or things; company; assemblage: a small number of people
- [often pl.] a large group; many: cut down numbers of trees
- [pl.] numerical superiority: safety in numbers
- [pl.] statistics, ratings, etc.: a batter with good numbers against left-handers
- quantity, as consisting of units: a number of errors
- one of a series or group that is numbered or thought of as numbered; specif.,
- a single issue of a periodical: the winter number of a quarterly
- a single song, dance, skit, etc. in a program of entertainment
- Slang a pattern of behavior or thought, esp. one regarded as somehow characteristic
- a person regarded as merely a unit in some group or process: a caseworker's clients are more than just numbers
- Informal a person or thing singled out: this hat is a cute little number
- a characteristic, as of nouns and verbs, indicating whether a given utterance involves reference to one or more than one entity, or, in some languages, to exactly two; also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
- the form a word takes to indicate this characteristic
- any of the sets of such forms
- metrical form; meter
- metrical lines; verses
Origin of numberMiddle English nombre from Old English from Classical Latin numerus: see -nomy
- to total the number of persons or things in; count; enumerate
- to give a number to; designate by number
- to include as one of a group, class, or category: numbered among the missing
- to have or comprise; total: a library numbering 10,000 volumes
Origin of numberME nombren < OFr nombrer < L numerare, to count < numerus
- to total; count; enumerate
- to be numbered; be included
a number of
by the numbers
- Mil. in prescribed sequence of movements and accompanied by a count
- in an orderly, methodical, or mechanical way
someone's (or something's) days are numbered
do a number on
get (or have) someone's number
someone's number is up
- Mathematics a. A member of the set of positive integers; one of a series of symbols of unique meaning in a fixed order that can be derived by counting.b. A member of any of the following sets of mathematical objects: integers, rational numbers, real numbers, and complex numbers. These sets can be derived from the positive integers through various algebraic and analytic constructions.
- numbers Arithmetic.
- a. A symbol or word used to represent a number.b. A numeral or a series of numerals used for reference or identification: his telephone number; the apartment number.
- a. A position in an ordered sequence that corresponds to one of the positive integers: the house that is number three from the corner; ranked number six in her class.b. One item in a group or series considered to be in numerical order: an old number of a magazine.
- A total; a sum: the number of feet in a mile.
- An indefinite quantity of units or individuals: The crowd was small in number. A number of people complained.
- numbers a. A large quantity; a multitude: Numbers of people visited the fair.b. Numerical superiority: The South had leaders, the North numbers.
- Grammar The indication, as by inflection, of the singularity, duality, or plurality of a linguistic form.
- numbers a. Metrical feet or lines; verses: “These numbers will I tear, and write in prose” ( Shakespeare )b. Obsolete Poetic meter.
- numbers Archaic Musical periods or measures.
- numbers used with a sing. or pl. verb Games A numbers game.
- Numbers used with a sing. verb Bible
- One of the separate offerings in a program of music or other entertainment: The band's second number was a march.
- Slang A frequently repeated, characteristic speech, argument, or performance: suspects doing their usual number—protesting innocence.
- Slang A person or thing singled out for a particular characteristic: a crafty number.
verbnum·bered, num·ber·ing, num·bers
- To assign a number to or mark with a number: Did you number the pages of the report?
- To determine the number or amount of; count: Tickets sold for the show were numbered at 500.
- To total in number or amount; add up to: The ships in the harbor number around 100.
- To include in a group or category: He was numbered among the lost.
- To limit or restrict in number: Our days are numbered.
- To call off numbers; count: numbering to ten.
- To have as a total; amount to a number: The applicants numbered in the thousands.
Origin of numberMiddle English nombre from Old French from Latin numerus ; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: As a collective noun number may take either a singular or a plural verb. It takes a singular verb when it is preceded by the definite article the: The number of skilled workers is increasing. It takes a plural verb when preceded by the indefinite article a: A number of the workers have learned new skills.
- (countable) An abstract entity used to describe quantity.
- Zero, one, -1, 2.5, and pi are all numbers.
- (countable) A numeral: a symbol for a non-negative integer
- The number 8 is usually made with a single stroke.
- (countable, mathematics) A member of one of several classes: natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, quaternions.
- The equation includes the most important numbers: 1, 0, , and .
- (Followed by a numeral; used attributively) Indicating the position of something in a list or sequence. Abbreviations: No or No., no or no. (in each case, sometimes written with a superscript "o", like NÂº or â„–). The symbol "#" is also used in this manner.
- Horse number 5 won the race.
- Any number of people can be reading from a given repository at a time.
- Francis Bacon
- Number itself importeth not much in armies where the people are of weak courage.
- (grammar) Of a word or phrase, the state of being singular, dual or plural, shown by inflection.
- Adjectives and nouns should agree in gender, number, and case.
- (now rare, in the plural) Poetic metres; verses, rhymes.
- (countable) A performance; especially, a single song or song and dance routine within a larger show.
- For his second number, he sang "The Moon Shines Bright".
- (countable, informal) A person
- (countable, informal) An item of clothing, particularly a stylish one
- (countable, informal) A telephone number
- A sequence of digits and letters used to register people, automobiles, and various other items.
- (slang, chiefly US) A marijuana cigarette, or joint; also, a quantity of marijuana bought form a dealer.
- See also number
(third-person singular simple present numbers, present participle numbering, simple past and past participle numbered)
From numb + -er.