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English noun: number

1. number (attribute) the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals


SamplesHe had a number of chores to do.
The number of parameters is small.
The figure was about a thousand.


Synonymsfigure


Broader (hypernym)amount


Narrower (hyponym)bulk, countlessness, fewness, innumerableness, majority, minority, multiplicity, numerosity, numerousness, preponderance, prevalence, roundness

2. number (quantity) a concept of quantity involving zero and units


SamplesEvery number has a unique position in the sequence.


Broader (hypernym)definite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)addend, arity, atomic number, augend, baryon number, base, biquadrate, biquadratic, cardinal, cardinal number, cardinality, co-ordinate, complex number, complex quantity, composite number, compound number, constant, coordinate, count, cube, decimal, difference, dividend, divisor, factor, Fibonacci number, fixed-point number, floating-point number, folio, fourth power, imaginary, imaginary number, integer, linage, lineage, minuend, multiplicand, multiplier, multiplier factor, natural number, no., ordinal, ordinal number, oxidation number, oxidation state, page number, pagination, paging, prime, prime quantity, quartic, quota, quotient, radix, record, remainder, remainder, root, score, second power, square, subtrahend, third power, whole number

3. number (communication) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program


SamplesHe did his act three times every evening.
She had a catchy little routine.
It was one of the best numbers he ever did.


Synonymsact, bit, routine, turn


Broader (hypernym)performance, public presentation


Narrower (hyponym)show-stopper, showstopper, stopper

4. number (communication) the number is used in calling a particular telephone


SamplesHe has an unlisted number.


Synonymsphone number, telephone number


Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling

5. number (communication) a symbol used to represent a number


SamplesHe learned to write the numerals before he went to school.


Synonymsnumeral


Broader (hypernym)symbol


Narrower (hyponym)antilog, antilogarithm, Arabic numeral, Hindu numeral, Hindu-Arabic numeral, Roman numeral

6. number (communication) one of a series published periodically


SamplesShe found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room.


Synonymsissue


Broader (hypernym)periodical


Narrower (hyponym)edition


Member meronymserial, serial publication, series

7. number (group) a select company of people


SamplesI hope to become one of their number before I die.


Broader (hypernym)company

8. number (communication) a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification


SamplesShe refused to give them her Social Security number.


Synonymsidentification number


Broader (hypernym)positive identification


Narrower (hyponym)ABA transit number, bank identification number, BIN, license number, personal identification number, PIN, PIN number, registration number, Social Security number

9. number (attribute) a clothing measurement


SamplesA number 13 shoe.


Broader (hypernym)size


Domain usagecolloquialism

10. number (communication) 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)


SamplesIn English the subject and the verb must agree in number.


Broader (hypernym)grammatical category, syntactic category

11. number (artifact) an item of merchandise offered for sale


SamplesShe preferred the black nylon number.
This sweater is an all-wool number.


Broader (hypernym)merchandise, product, ware


English verb: number

1. number (stative) add up in number or quantity


SamplesThe bills amounted to $2,000.
The bill came to $2,000.


Synonymsadd up, amount, come, total


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)average, average out, make, outnumber, work out

2. number (communication) give numbers to


SamplesYou should number the pages of the thesis.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)denominate, designate


Narrower (hyponym)foliate, page, paginate

3. number (communication) enumerate


SamplesWe must number the names of the great mathematicians.


Synonymslist


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)identify, name


Narrower (hyponym)itemise, itemize

4. number (stative) put into a group


SamplesThe academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members.


Synonymscount


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

5. number (communication) determine the number or amount of


SamplesCan you count the books on your shelf?.
Count your change.


Synonymscount, enumerate, numerate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ascertain, determine, find, find out


Narrower (hyponym)add, add together, add up, census, miscount, recount, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up

6. number (change) place a limit on the number of


Synonymskeep down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)circumscribe, confine, limit









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