## Addition

**Addition** is a mathematical operation that represents combining collections of objects together into a larger collection. It is signified by the plus sign (+). For example, in the picture on the right, there are 3 + 2 applesâ€”meaning three apples and two other applesâ€”which is the same as five apples. Therefore, 3 + 2 = 5. Besides counting fruits, addition can also represent combining other physical and abstract quantities using different kinds of numbers: negative numbers, fractions, irrational numbers, vectors, decimals and more.

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### Famous quotes containing the word addition:

“The force of truth that a statement imparts, then, its prominence among the hordes of recorded observations that I may optionally apply to my own life, depends, in *addition* to the sense that it is argumentatively defensible, on the sense that someone like me, and someone I like, whose voice is audible and who is at least notionally in the same room with me, does or can possibly hold it to be compellingly true.”

—Nicholson Baker (b. 1957)

“As easy mayst thou fall

A drop of water in the breaking gulf,

And take unmingled thence that drop again,

Without *addition* or diminishing,

As take from me thyself and not me too.”

—William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

“The most important American *addition* to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.”

—Daniel J. Boorstin (b. 1914)