What is number?

  • (noun): A numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification.
    Example: "She refused to give them her Social Security number"
    Synonyms: identification number
    See also — Additional definitions below

Number

A number is a mathematical object used to count, label, and measure. In mathematics, the definition of number has been extended over the years to include such numbers as zero, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and complex numbers.

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39 (number) - In Other Fields
... fall in the thirty-ninth position The retired jersey number of former baseball player Roy Campanella The book series "The 39 Clues" revolves around 39 clues hidden around the ... History The number of signers to the United States Constitution, out of 55 members of the Philadelphia Convention delegates The traditional number ... Japanese Internet chat slang for "thank you" when written with numbers (3=san 9=kyu) Pier 39 in San Francisco The number of the French department Jura In Afghanistan, the number 39 is considered ...
496 (number) - In Mathematics
496 is most notable for being a perfect number, and one of the earliest numbers to be recognized as such ... As a perfect number, it is tied to the Mersenne prime 31, 25 - 1, with 24 ( 25 - 1 ) yielding 496 ... Also related to its being a perfect number, 496 is a harmonic divisor number, since the number of proper divisors of 496 divided by the sum of the reciprocals of its divisors, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 31, 62, 124, 248 ...
38 (number)
... This article discusses the number thirty-eight. 39 ... → 38 ← 39 ... → List of numbers — Integers 90 ... → Cardinal thirty-eight Ordinal 38th (thirty-eighth) Factorization ...
Natural Logarithm - Origin of The Term natural Logarithm
... But mathematically, the number 10 is not particularly significant ... the basis for many societies’ numbering systems—likely arises from humans’ typical number of fingers ... As an example, there are a number of simple series involving the natural logarithm ...
39 (number) - In Mathematics
39 is the smallest natural number which has three partitions into three parts which all give the same product when multiplied {25, 8, 6}, {24, 10, 5}, {20, 15, 4} ... The thirteenth Perrin number is 39, which comes after 17, 22, 29 (it is the sum of the first two mentioned) ... + 1 = 1522 is 761, which is obviously more than 39 twice, 39 is a Størmer number ...

More definitions of "number":

  • (noun): A clothing measurement.
    Example: "A number 13 shoe"
  • (verb): Put into a group.
    Synonyms: count
  • (noun): A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.
    Synonyms: act, routine, turn, bit
  • (verb): Place a limit on the number of.
    Synonyms: keep down
  • (noun): An item of merchandise offered for sale.
    Example: "She preferred the black nylon number"; "this sweater is an all-wool number"
  • (verb): Enumerate.
    Example: "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
    Synonyms: list
  • (noun): A concept of quantity derived from zero and units.
    Example: "Every number has a unique position in the sequence"
  • (noun): 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).
    Example: "In English the subject and the verb must agree in number"
  • (verb): Give numbers to.
    Example: "You should number the pages of the thesis"
  • (noun): The property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals.
    Example: "He had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"
    Synonyms: figure
  • (noun): One of a series published periodically.
    Synonyms: issue
  • (noun): A symbol used to represent a number.
    Synonyms: numeral
  • (noun): A select company of people.
    Example: "I hope to become one of their number before I die"

Famous quotes containing the word number:

    A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.
    George Gurdjieff (c. 1877–1949)

    After a certain number of years our faces become our biographies. We get to be responsible for our faces.
    Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928)

    In a number of other cultures, fathers are not relegated to babysitter status, nor is their ability to be primary nurturers so readily dismissed.... We have evidence that in our own society men can rear and nurture their children competently and that men’s methods, although different from those of women, are imaginative and constructive.
    Kyle D. Pruett (20th century)