Number meaning

nŭmbər
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.

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(archaic) Musical periods or measures.
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(slang) A frequently repeated, characteristic speech, argument, or performance.

Suspects doing their usual number—protesting innocence.

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An indefinite quantity of units or individuals.

The crowd was small in number. A number of people complained.

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One of the separate offerings in a program of music or other entertainment.

The band's second number was a march.

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To assign a number to or mark with a number.

Did you number the pages of the report?

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To determine the number or amount of; count.

Tickets sold for the show were numbered at 500.

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To total in number or amount; add up to.

The ships in the harbor number around 100.

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The sum or total of persons or units; aggregate.
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To give a number to; designate by number.
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(countable, informal) An item of clothing, particularly a stylish one.
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(slang) A person or thing singled out for a particular characteristic.

A crafty number.

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To include in a group or category.

He was numbered among the lost.

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To limit or restrict in number.

Our days are numbered.

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To call off numbers; count.

Numbering to ten.

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To have as a total; amount to a number.

The applicants numbered in the thousands.

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A collection of persons or things; company; assemblage.

A small number of people.

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(informal) A person or thing singled out.

This hat is a cute little number.

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To total the number of persons or things in; count; enumerate.
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To include as one of a group, class, or category.

Numbered among the missing.

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To have or comprise; total.

A library numbering 10,000 volumes.

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To total; count; enumerate.
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To be numbered; be included.
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A member of the set of positive integers. Each number is one of a series of unique symbols, each of which has exactly one predecessor except the first symbol in the series (1), and none of which are the predecessor of more than one number.
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A member of any of the further sets of mathematical objects defined in terms of such numbers, such as negative integers, real numbers, and complex numbers.
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(countable) An abstract entity used to describe quantity.

Zero, one, -1, 2.5, and pi are all numbers.

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(countable) A numeral: a symbol for a non-negative integer.

The number 8 is usually made with a single stroke.

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(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 .

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(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 Nº or â„–). The symbol "#" is also used in this manner.

Horse number 5 won the race.

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  • Francis Bacon.
    Number itself importeth not much in armies where the people are of weak courage.

Any number of people can be reading from a given repository at a time.

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(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.

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(now rare, in the plural) Poetic metres; verses, rhymes.
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(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".

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(countable, informal) A person.
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(countable, informal) A telephone number.
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A sequence of digits and letters used to register people, automobiles, and various other items.
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(slang, chiefly US) A marijuana cigarette, or joint; also, a quantity of marijuana bought form a dealer.
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See also number.
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To label (items) with numbers; to assign numbers to (items).

Number the baskets so that we can find them easily.

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(intransitive) To total or count; to amount to.

I don't know how many books are in the library, but they must number in the thousands.

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Comparative form of numb: more numb.
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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.

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A total; a sum.

The number of feet in a mile.

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(grammar) The indication, as by inflection, of the singularity, duality, or plurality of a linguistic form.
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(games) A numbers game.
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Quantity, as consisting of units.

A number of errors.

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One of a series or group that is numbered or thought of as numbered.
  • A single issue of a periodical.
    The winter number of a quarterly.
  • A single song, dance, skit, etc. in a program of entertainment.
  • (slang, old) 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.
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Arithmetic.
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by the numbers
  • In unison as numbers are called out by a leader:
    Performing calisthenics by the numbers.
  • In a strict, step-by-step or mechanical way.
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(slang) do a number on
  • To defeat, abuse, or humiliate in a calculated and thorough way.
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get
  • To determine or know someone's real character or motives.
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without
  • Too many to be counted; countless:
    Mosquitoes without number.
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a number of
  • an unspecified number of; several or many
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beyond number
  • too numerous to be counted
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by the numbers
  • in prescribed sequence of movements and accompanied by a count
  • in an orderly, methodical, or mechanical way
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someone's (or something's) days are numbered
  • someone (or something) will not last, survive, or remain in place for much longer
    We all knew that her days as chairman were numbered.
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do a number on
  • to abuse or mistreat in some way, as by injuring, disparaging, cheating, or humiliating
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get (or have) someone's number
  • to discover (or know) someone's true character or motives
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someone's number is up
  • someone's time to die or suffer punishment has arrived
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the numbers
  • an illegal lottery in which small bets are placed on the order of certain numbers, usually the last three, in some tabulation of sports scores or financial reports published in the daily newspapers
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without number
  • too numerous to be counted
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

beyond number
someone's (<i>or</i> something's) days are numbered
get (<i>or</i> have) someone's number
someone's number is up
the numbers

Origin of number

  • Middle English nombre from Old French from Latin numerus nem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman noumbre, from Old French nombre, from Latin numerus, from Proto-Indo-European *nem- (“to divide").

    From Wiktionary

  • From numb + -er.

    From Wiktionary