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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Number  \Num"ber\,  n.  [OE.  nombre,  F.  nombre,  L.  numerus;  akin  to 
  Gr  ?  that  which  is  dealt  out  fr  ?  to  deal  out  distribute. 
  See  {Numb},  {Nomad},  and  cf  {Numerate},  {Numero}, 
  {Numerous}.] 
  1.  That  which  admits  of  being  counted  or  reckoned;  a  unit,  or 
  an  aggregate  of  units;  a  numerable  aggregate  or  collection 
  of  individuals;  an  assemblage  made  up  of  distinct  things 
  expressible  by  figures. 
 
  2.  A  collection  of  many  individuals;  a  numerous  assemblage;  a 
  multitude;  many 
 
  Ladies  are  always  of  great  use  to  the  party  they 
  espouse,  and  never  fail  to  win  over  numbers. 
  --Addison. 
 
  3.  A  numeral;  a  word  or  character  denoting  a  number;  as  to 
  put  a  number  on  a  door. 
 
  4.  Numerousness;  multitude. 
 
  Number  itself  importeth  not  much  in  armies  where  the 
  people  are  of  weak  courage.  --Bacon. 
 
  5.  The  state  or  quality  of  being  numerable  or  countable. 
 
  Of  whom  came  nations,  tribes,  people,  and  kindreds 
  out  of  number.  --2  Esdras 
  iii.  7. 
 
  6.  Quantity,  regarded  as  made  up  of  an  aggregate  of  separate 
  things 
 
  7.  That  which  is  regulated  by  count  poetic  measure,  as 
  divisions  of  time  or  number  of  syllables;  hence  poetry, 
  verse;  --  chiefly  used  in  the  plural. 
 
  I  lisped  in  numbers,  for  the  numbers  came  --Pope. 
 
  8.  (Gram.)  The  distinction  of  objects,  as  one  or  more  than 
  one  (in  some  languages,  as  one  or  two  or  more  than  two), 
  expressed  (usually)  by  a  difference  in  the  form  of  a  word 
  thus  the  singular  number  and  the  plural  number  are  the 
  names  of  the  forms  of  a  word  indicating  the  objects 
  denoted  or  referred  to  by  the  word  as  one  or  as  more  than 
  one 
 
  9.  (Math.)  The  measure  of  the  relation  between  quantities  or 
  things  of  the  same  kind  that  abstract  species  of  quantity 
  which  is  capable  of  being  expressed  by  figures;  numerical 
  value. 
 
  {Abstract  number},  {Abundant  number},  {Cardinal  number},  etc 
  See  under  {Abstract},  {Abundant},  etc 
 
  {In  numbers},  in  numbered  parts  as  a  book  published  in 
  numbers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Number  \Num"ber\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Numbered};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Numbering}.]  [OE.  nombren  noumbren  F.  nombrer  fr  L. 
  numerare,  numeratum  See  {Number},  n.] 
  1.  To  count  to  reckon;  to  ascertain  the  units  of  to 
  enumerate. 
 
  If  a  man  can  number  the  dust  of  the  earth,  then 
  shall  thy  seed  also  be  numbered.  --Gen.  xiii. 
  16. 
 
  2.  To  reckon  as  one  of  a  collection  or  multitude. 
 
  He  was  numbered  with  the  transgressors.  --Is.  liii 
  12. 
 
  3.  To  give  or  apply  a  number  or  numbers  to  to  assign  the 
  place  of  in  a  series  by  order  of  number;  to  designate  the 
  place  of  by  a  number  or  numeral;  as  to  number  the  houses 
  in  a  street,  or  the  apartments  in  a  building. 
 
  4.  To  amount;  to  equal  in  number;  to  contain;  to  consist  of 
  as  the  army  numbers  fifty  thousand. 
 
  Thy  tears  can  not  number  the  dead.  --Campbell. 
 
  {Numbering  machine},  a  machine  for  printing  consecutive 
  numbers,  as  on  railway  tickets,  bank  bills,  etc 
 
  Syn:  To  count  enumerate;  calculate;  tell 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  number 
  n  1:  the  property  possessed  by  a  sum  or  total  or  indefinite 
  quantity  of  units  or  individuals;  "he  had  a  number  of 
  chores  to  do";  "the  number  of  parameters  is  small";  "the 
  figure  was  about  a  thousand"  [syn:  {figure}] 
  2:  a  concept  of  quantity  derived  from  zero  and  units;  "every 
  number  has  a  unique  position  in  the  sequence" 
  3:  a  short  theatrical  performance  that  is  part  of  a  longer 
  program;  "he  did  his  act  three  times  every  evening";  "she 
  had  a  catchy  little  routine";  "it  was  one  of  the  best 
  numbers  he  ever  did"  [syn:  {act},  {routine},  {turn},  {bit}] 
  4:  a  numeral  or  string  of  numerals  that  is  used  for 
  identification;  "she  refused  to  give  them  her  Social 
  Security  number"  [syn:  {identification  number}] 
  5:  a  symbol  used  to  represent  a  number;  "he  learned  to  write 
  the  numerals  before  he  went  to  school"  [syn:  {numeral}] 
  6:  the  number  is  used  in  calling  a  particular  phone;  "he  has  an 
  unlisted  number"  [syn:  {phone  number},  {telephone  number}] 
  7:  one  of  a  series  published  periodically;  "she  found  an  old 
  issue  of  the  magazine  in  her  dentist's  waitingroom"  [syn: 
  {issue}] 
  8:  a  select  company  of  people;  "I  hope  to  become  one  of  their 
  number  before  I  die" 
  9:  an  item  of  merchandise  offered  for  sale;  "she  preferred  the 
  black  nylon  number";  "this  sweater  is  an  all-wool  number" 
  10:  (informal)  a  clothing  measurement:  "a  number  13  shoe" 
  11:  (linguistics)  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);  "in  English  the  subject  and  the  verb  must  agree 
  in  number" 
  v  1:  add  up  in  number  or  quantity;  "The  bills  amounted  to 
  $2,000";  "The  bill  came  to  $2,000"  [syn:  {total},  {add 
  up},  {come},  {amount}] 
  2:  give  numbers  to  "You  should  number  the  pages  of  the  thesis" 
  3:  enumerate;  "We  must  number  the  names  of  the  great 
  mathematicians"  [syn:  {list}] 
  4:  put  into  a  group  "The  academy  counts  several  Nobel  Prize 
  winners  among  its  members"  [syn:  {count}] 
  5:  determine  the  number  or  amount  of  "Can  you  count  the  books 
  on  your  shelf?";  "Count  your  change"  [syn:  {count},  {enumerate}] 
  6:  place  a  limit  on  the  number  of  [syn:  {keep  down}] 




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