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Meaning & Definition of Number in English

English

Number

/nəmbər/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • number
  • ,
  • figure

2. A concept of quantity involving zero and units

  • "Every number has a unique position in the sequence"
    synonym:
  • number

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"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • routine
  • ,
  • number
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • bit

4. The number is used in calling a particular telephone

  • "He has an unlisted number"
    synonym:
  • phone number
  • ,
  • telephone number
  • ,
  • number

5. A symbol used to represent a number

  • "He learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
    synonym:
  • numeral
  • ,
  • number

6. One of a series published periodically

  • "She found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"
    synonym:
  • issue
  • ,
  • number

7. A select company of people

  • "I hope to become one of their number before i die"
    synonym:
  • number

8. A numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification

  • "She refused to give them her social security number"
    synonym:
  • number
  • ,
  • identification number

9. A clothing measurement

  • "A number 13 shoe"
    synonym:
  • number

10. 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"
    synonym:
  • number

11. An item of merchandise offered for sale

  • "She preferred the black nylon number"
  • "This sweater is an all-wool number"
    synonym:
  • number

verb

1. Add up in number or quantity

  • "The bills amounted to $2,000"
  • "The bill came to $2,000"
    synonym:
  • total
  • ,
  • number
  • ,
  • add up
  • ,
  • come
  • ,
  • amount

2. Give numbers to

  • "You should number the pages of the thesis"
    synonym:
  • number

3. Enumerate

  • "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
    synonym:
  • number
  • ,
  • list

4. Put into a group

  • "The academy counts several nobel prize winners among its members"
    synonym:
  • count
  • ,
  • number

5. Determine the number or amount of

  • "Can you count the books on your shelf?"
  • "Count your change"
    synonym:
  • count
  • ,
  • number
  • ,
  • enumerate
  • ,
  • numerate

6. Place a limit on the number of

    synonym:
  • number
  • ,
  • keep down

Examples of using

I doubt that Tom knows Mary's phone number.
I wonder if Tom knows Mary's phone number.
A number of police officers at separate youth parties were pelted with rocks and beer bottles at the weekend.