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spoken English51.45%written English48.55% conversational speech29.68%task-oriented speech70.32% imaginative writing20.67%informational writing79.33%
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Fun fact! If you start counting at one and spell out the numbers as you go, you won't use the letter "A" until you reach 1,000.

Fun fact! If you were to write down the name of every English number in order (one, two, three, four…) you wouldn’t use a single letter B until you reached one billion.

Fun fact! The word "four" has four letters; in the English language there is no other number whose number of letters is equal to its value.

The word number is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun number

What does number mean as a name of something?

Number is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: numbers

  1. the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
  2. a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    • example: every number has a unique position in the sequence
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: definite quantity = a specific measure of amount
    • more specific terms:
      • arity = the number of arguments that a function can take
      • co-ordinate / coordinate = a number that identifies a position relative to an axis
      • page number / pagination / paging / folio = the system of numbering pages
      • decimal = a number in the decimal system
      • constant = a number representing a quantity assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context
      • oxidation number / oxidation state = the degree of oxidation of an atom or ion or molecule
      • cardinality = the number of elements in a set or group
      • count = the total number counted
      • factor = any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
      • Fibonacci number = a number in the Fibonacci sequence
      • prime quantity / prime = a natural number that has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself
      • composite number = an integer that is divisible without remainder by at least one positive integer other than itself and one
      • score = a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
      • record = the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had
      • compound number = a quantity expressed in two different units
      • ordinal number / ordinal / no. = the number designating place in an ordered sequence
      • cardinal number / cardinal = the number of elements in a mathematical set
      • radix / base = the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
      • floating-point number = a number represented in floating-point notation
      • fixed-point number = a number represented in fixed-point notation
      • atomic number = the order of an element in Mendeleyev's table of the elements
      • baryon number = a number equal to the difference between the number of baryons and the number of antibaryons in any subatomic structure
      • quota = a prescribed number
      • lineage / linage = the number of lines in a piece of printed material
      • natural number = the number 1 and any other number obtained by adding 1 to it repeatedly
      • whole number / integer = any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero
      • addend = a number that is added to another number
      • augend = a number to which another number (the addend) is added
      • minuend = the number from which the subtrahend is subtracted
      • subtrahend = the number to be subtracted from the minuend
      • difference / remainder = the number that remains after subtraction
      • complex quantity / imaginary number / complex number / imaginary = a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1
      • second power / square = the product of two equal terms
      • third power / cube = the product of three equal terms
      • fourth power / biquadratic / biquadrate / quartic = an algebraic equation or function of the fourth degree
      • root = a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number
      • dividend = a number to be divided by another number
      • divisor = the number by which a dividend is divided
      • quotient = the number obtained by division
      • remainder = the part of the dividend that is left over when the dividend is not evenly divisible by the divisor
      • multiplier factor / multiplier = the number by which a multiplicand is multiplied
      • multiplicand = the number that is multiplied by the multiplier
  3. a short performance that is part of a longer program
  4. the number is used in calling a particular telephone
  5. a symbol used to represent a number
  6. one of a series published periodically
  7. a select company of people
    • example: I hope to become one of their number before I die
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: company = a social gathering of guests or companions
  8. a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification and may be attached to accounts, memberships, etc.
  9. a clothing measurement
    • example: a number 13 shoe
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: size = the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements
  10. a numbered item in a series
    • example: take the number 2 to the main square, then change to the number 5
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: item = a whole individual unit
  11. 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)
  12. an item of clothing
    • examples: she preferred the black nylon number | this sweater is an all-wool number
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: merchandise / product / ware = commodities offered for sale

Alternative definition of the noun number


  1. [countable] An abstract entity used to describe quantity.
  2. [countable] A numeral: a symbol for a non-negative integer
  3. [countable, mathematics] A member of one of several classes: natural numbers,integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, quaternions.
  4. [context: 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 №). The symbol "#" is also used in this manner.
  5. See Quantity.
  6. [grammar] Of a word or phrase, the state of being singular, dual or plural, shown by inflection.
  7. [context: now rare, in plural] Poetic metres; verses, rhymes.
  8. [countable] A performance; especially, a single song or song and dance routine within a larger show.
  9. [countable] [informal] A person
  10. [countable] [informal] An item of clothing, particularly a stylish one
  11. [countable] [informal] A telephone number
  12. A sequence of digits and letters used to register people, auotmobiles, and various other items.
  13. [slang, chiefly US] A marijuana cigarette, or joint; also, a quantity of marijuana bought form a dealer.

Definition of the verb number

What does number mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: numbered | numbering | numbers

  1. add up in number or quantity
  2. give numbers to
    • example: You should number the pages of the thesis
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: denominate / designate = assign a name or title to
    • more specific words: paginate / foliate / page = number the pages of a book or manuscript
  3. enumerate
    • example: We must number the names of the great mathematicians
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of number: list
    • more generic words: identify / name = give the name or identifying characteristics of
    • more specific words: itemise / itemize = place on a list of items
  4. put into a group
  5. determine the number or amount of
  6. place a limit on the number of

Alternative definition of the verb number


  1. [transitive] To label (items) with numbers; to assign numbers to (items).
  2. [intransitive] To total or count; to amount to.


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"Number": Number: The Language of Science: A Critical Survey Written for the Cultured Non-Mathematician is a popular mathematics book written by Russian-American mathematician Tobias Dantzig. Its second edition was published in 1947 in Prague, Czechoslovakia by Melantrich Company. It recounts the history of mathematical ideas, and how they have evolved.

  • also known as "Number, the language of science; a critical survey written for the cultured non-mathematician"; "Number, the language of science"; "Number, the language of science: a critical survey written for the cultured non-mathematical"; Number: The Language of Science
  • genres: Mathematics, Science
  • subjects: Mathematical logic, Science, Mathematics, Arithmetic, History, History of science, Foundations


  1. Number: A number is a mathematical object used to count and measure. A notational symbol that represents a number is called a numeral but in common use, the word number can mean the abstract object, the symbol, or the word for the number. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels, for ordering, and for codes.
    • also known as 数
  2. Number: In team sports, the number, often referred to as the uniform number, squad number, jersey number, shirt number, sweater number, or similar is the number worn on a player's uniform, to identify and distinguish each player from others wearing the same or similar uniforms. The number is typically displayed on the rear of the jersey, often accompanied by the surname. Sometimes it is also displayed on the front and/or sleeves, or on the player's shorts or headgear. It is used to identify the player to officials, other players, official scorers, and spectators; in some sports, it is also indicative of the player's position.
    • also known as Squad number
  3. Number: The player's number while on this team.
  4. Number is the leading Japanese sports magazine published on every Thursday by Bungeishunju. The official name is Sports Graphic Number. Though the circulation once hit 47 million, it is now around 10 million. Many celebrities enjoy reading this.
  5. Number: In music, number refers to an individual song, dance, or instrumental piece which is part of a larger work of musical theatre, opera, or oratorio. It can also refer either to an individual song in a published collection or an individual song or dance in a performance of several unrelated musical pieces as in concerts and revues. Both meanings of the term have been used in American English since the second half of the 19th century.
  6. Number a.k.a. Number opera: A number opera is an opera consisting of individual pieces of music which can be easily extracted from the larger work. They may be numbered consecutively in the score, and may be interspersed with recitative or spoken dialogue. Opera numbers may be arias, but also ensemble pieces, such as duets, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets or choruses. They may also be ballets and instrumental pieces, such as marches, sinfonias, or intermezzi. The number opera format was standard until the mid-19th century and most opera genres, including opera seria, opera buffa, opéra comique, ballad opera, Singspiel, and grand opera, were constructed in this fashion.
  7. The number including area code or other prefix numbers.
  8. Number is a Japanese manga series by Kawori Tsubaki. Originally starting serialization in the shōjo magazine Comic Blade Avarus published by Mag Garden in December 2007.

Phrases with Number

Phrases starting with the word Number:

  1. number 1
  2. Number 10
  3. number one
  4. Number Six
  5. Number Ten
  6. Number Two

Phrases ending with the word Number:

  1. E Number
  2. f number
  3. F-number
  4. 800 Number
  5. 900 Number
  6. box number
  7. pin number
  8. Rsa Number
  9. 0800 Number
  10. back number
  11. back-number
  12. call number
  13. Copy Number

Other phrase containing the word Number:

  1. A Number of

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Number

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Google previewFirst lessons in Arithmetic for Junior Classes, etc. New edition, improved, etc (1865)

A whole number is that which represents one or more things, each of whichis considered as a whole. An even number is that which can be divided by 2 without leaving any remainder, as 4, 6, 8. An odd number is that...

numbers, as 19, 23. A composite number is the product of two other numbers, as 24, which is...

Google previewThe Elements of Euclid, with Dissertations ... (1788)

by Euclid

NUMBER is a multitude composed of unities. V-y- 3. A PART is a...

Google previewDictionary of Inorganic Compounds, Supplement 4 (1996)

by Jane E. Macintyre

The CAS Registry Number Index lists in ascending numerical order all CAS Registry Numbers recorded in the first four supplements. Each CAS Registry Number listed refers the user to a chemical name (with stereochemical or derivative ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Symbols (2013)

by J. E. Cirlot

Five is a number which often occurs in animate nature, and hence its triumphant growth corresponds to the burgeoning of spring. It signifies the organic fullness of life as opposed to the rigidity of death. There is an erotic sense to it as well.

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1999)

Volume 18 - Wireless Multiple Access Adaptive Communications Technique to Zworykin: Vladimir Kosma by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

before the random backoff number reaches zero, the backoff procedure is suspended; that is, the backoff timer stops running. As soon as the channel becomes free ...

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Usage statistics about number

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun number:

spoken English51.45%written English48.55% conversational speech29.68%task-oriented speech70.32% imaginative writing20.67%informational writing79.33%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun number:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb number:


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Quotes about Number

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying. (Tom Hopkins)
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Scrabble value of N1U1M3B3E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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