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.
Origin: OE. Nombren, noumbren, F. Nombrer, fr. L. Numerare, numeratum. See Number.
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.
8. 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. <mathematics> 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 Abstract, Abundant, etc. In numbers, in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.
Origin: 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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