1. [ noun ] the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
Synonyms: figure

"he had a number of chores to do" "the number of parameters is small" "the figure was about a thousand"

Related terms: amount majority minority numerousness innumerableness fewness preponderance calculate total
2. [ noun ] (mathematics) a concept of quantity derived from zero and units

"every number has a unique position in the sequence"

Related terms: definite_quantity factor difference ordinal_number record integer score count complex_number prime coordinate square oxidation_number quota root dividend multiplier cardinal_number base floating-point_number augend addend composite_number atomic_number fixed-point_number baryon_number pagination quotient natural_number linage cube divisor biquadrate multiplicand compound_number fibonacci_number minuend subtrahend constant remainder decimal total
3. [ noun ] (theater,performing arts) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
Synonyms: act routine bit turn

"he did his act three times every evening" "she had a catchy little routine" "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"

Related terms: performance show-stopper act
4. [ noun ] a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification
Synonyms: identification_number

"she refused to give them her Social Security number"

Related terms: identification positive_identification license_number personal_identification_number Social_Security_number bank_identification_number
5. [ noun ] (mathematics) a symbol used to represent a number
Synonyms: numeral

"he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"

Related terms: symbol Arabic_numeral Roman_numeral antilogarithm total
6. [ noun ] (telecommunications) the number is used in calling a particular telephone
Synonyms: telephone_number phone_number

"he has an unlisted number"

Related terms: signal
7. [ noun ] (writing) one of a series published periodically
Synonyms: issue

"she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waitingroom"

Related terms: periodical edition series
8. [ verb ] add up in number or quantity
Synonyms: total amount come add_up

"The bills amounted to $2,000" "The bill came to $2,000"

Related terms: be average outnumber make work_out sum sum
9. [ noun ] (business) an item of merchandise offered for sale

"she preferred the black nylon number" "this sweater is an all-wool number"

Related terms: merchandise
10. [ noun ] a select company of people

"I hope to become one of their number before I die"

Related terms: company count
11. [ verb ] give numbers to

"You should number the pages of the thesis"

Related terms: designate foliate numeral enumeration
12. [ noun ] (informal) a clothing measurement

: "a number 13 shoe"

Related terms: size colloquialism
13. [ verb ] enumerate
Synonyms: list

"We must number the names of the great mathematicians"

Related terms: name itemise list numeral enumeration
14. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 24362
15. [ verb ] put into a group
Synonyms: count

"The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"

Related terms: classify
16. [ verb ] determine the number or amount of
Synonyms: count numerate enumerate

"Can you count the books on your shelf?" "Count your change"

Related terms: determine total census recount miscount numeral count counter counter counter counter
17. [ verb ] place a limit on the number of
Synonyms: keep_down
Related terms: limit numeral
18. [ noun ] (linguistics) the grammatical category for the forms of nouns and pronouns and verbs that are used depending on the number of entities involved (singular or dual or plural)

"in English the subject and the verb must agree in number"

Related terms: grammatical_category
Similar spelling:   numbers