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  1. num·ber
    IPA[ˈnəmbər]
  2. noun

    • 1. an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations and for showing order in a series or for identification:

      she dialed the number carefully an even number
      Synonym : numeral, integer, figure, digit, character, symbol, whole number, decimal number, decimal, unit, cardinal number, ordinal number, Roman number, Arabic number, cipher
    • 2. arithmetic:

      the boy was adept at numbers
    • 3. a quantity or amount:

      the company is seeking to increase the number of women on its staff the exhibition attracted vast numbers of visitors
    • 4. several:

      we have discussed the matter on a number of occasions
    • 5. a group or company of people:

      there were some distinguished names among our number
    • 6. a large quantity or amount, often in contrast to a smaller one; numerical preponderance:

      the weight of numbers turned the battle against them
    • 7. a single issue of a magazine:

      the October number of “Travel.”
    • 8. a song, dance, piece of music, etc., especially one of several in a performance:

      they go from one melodious number to another
      Synonym : song, piece of music, musical item, piece, tune, track, turn, item, routine, sketch, dance, act
    • 9. a thing, typically an item of clothing, of a particular type, regarded with approval or admiration:

      Yvonne was wearing a little black number
    • 10. a distinction of word form denoting reference to one person or thing or to more than one:

      the form of English pronouns reflects their number and gender

    verb

    • 1. amount to (a specified figure or quantity); comprise:

      the demonstrators numbered more than 5,000
      Synonym : add up to, amount to, total, come to
    • 2. mark with a number or assign a number to, typically to indicate position in a series:

      each document was numbered consecutively
      Synonym : assign a number to, categorize by number, specify by number, mark with a number, itemize, enumerate
    • 3. count:

      strategies like ours can be numbered on the fingers of one hand
      Synonym : count, add up, total, calculate, compute, enumerate, reckon, tell, tally, assess, tot up
    • 4. include or classify as a member of a group:

      the orchestra numbers Brahms among its past conductors
      Synonym : include, count, reckon, deem, look on
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: number, plural noun: numbers

    • v.: verb: number, 3rd person present: numbers, gerund or present participle: numbering, past tense: numbered, past participle: numbered

    • noun

      an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations:

      a figure or group of figures used to identify someone or something:

    • verb

      amount to (a specified figure or quantity); comprise:

      mark with a number or assign a number to, typically to indicate position in a series:

    • adjective

      deprived of the power of sensation:

      unable to think, feel, or respond normally:

    • verb

      deprive of feeling or responsiveness:

      cause (a sensation) to be felt less intensely; deaden:

    • adjective

      (of a part of the body) deprived of the power of physical sensation:

      unable to think, feel, or respond normally:

    • verb

      deprive of feeling or responsiveness:

      cause (a sensation) to be felt less intensely; deaden:

    • noun

      a person or thing that is the best or the most important in an activity or area:

      a recording or other product in a particular category that has sold the most copies in a particular time period:

    • adjective

      most important or prevalent; foremost:

      best-selling:

    • noun

      a second in command:

      a person or thing ranked second in ability or size.

    • noun

      a computer or software capable of performing rapid calculations with large amounts of data.

      a statistician, accountant, or other person whose job involves dealing with large amounts of numerical data.

    • noun

      an issue of a periodical earlier than the current one.

      a person or thing seen as old-fashioned.

    • noun

      a figure regarded as significant or momentous in a particular context.

      the number that, at a late stage in the season, signifies the combination of wins for the first-place team and losses for another team that will allow the former to end the season alone in first place:

    • noun

      a number assigned to a particular telephone and used in making connections to it:
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