- Quantity is defined as an amount, measure or number.
An example of quantity is how many apples are in a barrel.
A quantity of apples in a barrel.
- an amount; portion
- any indeterminate bulk, weight, or number
- the exact amount of a particular thing
- a great amount or number: to buy a commodity in quantity
- that property of anything which can be determined by measurement
- Logic that characteristic of a proposition according to which it is classified as universal or particular
- a thing that has the property of being measurable in dimensions, amounts, etc. or in extensions of these which can be expressed in numbers or symbols
- a number or symbol expressing a mathematical quantity
- Phonet., Prosody the relative length, or duration, of a vowel, continuant consonant, or syllable
Origin of quantityMiddle English quantite ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin quantitas ; from quantus, how great ; from quam, how, how much ; from Indo-European interrogative base an unverified form kwo- from source who, what
- a. A specified or indefinite number or amount: shipped a large quantity of books; sells quantities of paper to publishers.b. A considerable amount or number: sells drugs wholesale and in quantity.c. An exact amount or number: the quantity of material recycled in a month.
- The measurable or countable property or aspect of things: Arithmetic deals with quantity.
- Mathematics Something that serves as the object of an operation.
- a. Linguistics The relative amount of time needed to pronounce a vowel, consonant, or syllable.b. The duration of a syllable in quantitative verse.
- Logic The exact character of a proposition in reference to its universality, singularity, or particularity.
Origin of quantityMiddle English quantite, from Old French, from Latin quantitās, quantitāt-, from quantus, how great; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- An indefinite amount of something.
- Some soap making oils are best as base oils, used in a larger quantity in the soap, while other oils are best added in a small quantity.
- Olive oil can be used practically in any quantity.
- A specific measured amount.
- This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a quantity of 250, at a price of $1.99 per piece.
- Generally it should not be used in a quantity larger than 15 percent.
- 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.
- (metrology) Property of a phenomenon, body, or substance, where the property has a magnitude that can be expressed as number and a reference.
- (mathematics) 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.
- In mathematics, used to unambiguously orate mathematical equations; it is extremely rare in print, since there is no need for it there.
From Latin quantitas (“quantity”), from quantus (“how much”).