- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle 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
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noun pl. quan·ti·ties
- a. A specified or indefinite number or amount.b. A considerable amount or number: sells drugs wholesale and in quantity.c. An exact amount or number.
- The measurable, countable, or comparable property or aspect of a thing.
- 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: Middle English quantite, from Old French, from Latin quantitās, quantitāt-, from quantus, how great; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
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