# Cardinal-number meaning

The smallest cardinal numbers are 0, 1, 2, and 3.

The cardinal number "three" can be represented as "3" or "three".

*cardinal number*,

*noun*.

A number, such as 3 or 11 or 412, used in counting to indicate quantity but not order.

noun

A number used to denote quantity; a counting number.

The smallest cardinal numbers are 0, 1, 2, and 3.

The cardinal number "three" can be represented as "3" or "three".

noun

The number that states how much or how many. In "record 43 has 7 fields," the 7 is cardinal. See cardinality. Contrast with ordinal number.

Any number used in counting or in showing how many (e.g., two, forty, 627, etc.)

noun

A number, such as 3, 11, or 412, used in counting to indicate quantity but not order.

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Attributive form of *cardinal number*, *noun*.

adjective