## Counting

**Counting** is the action of finding the number of elements of a finite set of objects. The traditional way of counting consists of continually increasing a (mental or spoken) counter by a unit for every element of the set, in some order, while marking (or displacing) those elements to avoid visiting the same element more than once, until no unmarked elements are left; if the counter was set to one after the first object, the value after visiting the final object gives the desired number of elements. The related term *enumeration* refers to uniquely identifying the elements of a finite (combinatorial) set or infinite set by assigning a number to each element.

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### Famous quotes containing the word counting:

“What we commonly call man, the eating, drinking, planting, *counting* man, does not, as we know him, represent himself, but misrepresents himself. Him we do not respect, but the soul, whose organ he is, would he let it appear through his action, would make our knees bend.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

“If you’re *counting* my eyebrows, I can help you. There are two.”

—Billy Wilder (b. 1906)

“But *counting* up to two

Is harder to do....”

—Philip Larkin (1922–1986)