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NOUN (11)

1. the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals;
- Example: "he had a number of chores to do"
- Example: "the number of parameters is small"
- Example: "the figure was about a thousand"
[syn: number, figure]

2. a concept of quantity involving zero and units;
- Example: "every number has a unique position in the sequence"

3. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;
- Example: "he did his act three times every evening"
- Example: "she had a catchy little routine"
- Example: "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
[syn: act, routine, number, turn, bit]

4. the number is used in calling a particular telephone;
- Example: "he has an unlisted number"
[syn: phone number, telephone number, number]

5. a symbol used to represent a number;
- Example: "he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
[syn: numeral, number]

6. one of a series published periodically;
- Example: "she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"
[syn: issue, number]

7. a select company of people;
- Example: "I hope to become one of their number before I die"

8. a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification;
- Example: "she refused to give them her Social Security number"
[syn: number, identification number]

9. a clothing measurement;
- Example: "a number 13 shoe"

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);
- Example: "in English the subject and the verb must agree in number"

11. an item of merchandise offered for sale;
- Example: "she preferred the black nylon number"
- Example: "this sweater is an all-wool number"


VERB (6)

1. add up in number or quantity;
- Example: "The bills amounted to $2,000"
- Example: "The bill came to $2,000"
[syn: total, number, add up, come, amount]

2. give numbers to;
- Example: "You should number the pages of the thesis"

3. enumerate;
- Example: "We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
[syn: number, list]

4. put into a group;
- Example: "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
[syn: count, number]

5. determine the number or amount of;
- Example: "Can you count the books on your shelf?"
- Example: "Count your change"
[syn: count, number, enumerate, numerate]

6. place a limit on the number of;
[syn: number, keep down]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Number \Num"ber\ (n[u^]m"b[~e]r), n. [OE. nombre, F. nombre, L. numerus; akin to Gr. no`mos that which is dealt out, fr. ne`mein 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A collection of many individuals; a numerous assemblage; a multitude; many. [1913 Webster] Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fail to win over numbers. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. A numeral; a word or character denoting a number; as, to put a number on a door. [1913 Webster] 4. Numerousness; multitude. [1913 Webster] Number itself importeth not much in armies where the people are of weak courage. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 5. The state or quality of being numerable or countable. [1913 Webster] Of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds out of number. --2 Esdras iii. 7. [1913 Webster] 6. Quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate of separate things. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Abstract number, Abundant number, Cardinal number, etc. See under Abstract, Abundant, etc. In numbers, in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Number \Num"ber\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Numbered (n[u^]m"b[~e]rd); p. pr & vb. n. Numbering.] [OE. nombren, noumbren, F. nombrer, fr. L. numerare, numeratum. See Number, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To count; to reckon; to ascertain the units of; to enumerate. [1913 Webster] If a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. --Gen. xiii. 16. [1913 Webster] 2. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude. [1913 Webster] He was numbered with the transgressors. --Is. liii. 12. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. To amount; to equal in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand. [1913 Webster] Thy tears can not number the dead. --Campbell. [1913 Webster] Numbering machine, a machine for printing consecutive numbers, as on railway tickets, bank bills, etc. [1913 Webster] Syn: To count; enumerate; calculate; tell. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

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: number, figure] 2: a concept of quantity involving 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, number, turn, bit] 4: the number is used in calling a particular telephone; "he has an unlisted number" [syn: phone number, telephone number, number] 5: a symbol used to represent a number; "he learned to write the numerals before he went to school" [syn: numeral, number] 6: one of a series published periodically; "she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room" [syn: issue, number] 7: a select company of people; "I hope to become one of their number before I die" 8: a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification; "she refused to give them her Social Security number" [syn: number, identification number] 9: a clothing measurement; "a number 13 shoe" 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" 11: an item of merchandise offered for sale; "she preferred the black nylon number"; "this sweater is an all-wool number" v 1: add up in number or quantity; "The bills amounted to $2,000"; "The bill came to $2,000" [syn: total, number, 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: number, list] 4: put into a group; "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members" [syn: count, number] 5: determine the number or amount of; "Can you count the books on your shelf?"; "Count your change" [syn: count, number, enumerate, numerate] 6: place a limit on the number of [syn: number, keep down]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

301 Moby Thesaurus words for "number": G, M, a certain number, a few, a number, account, act, add up, add up to, afterpiece, aggregate, aggregate to, amount, amount to, apportion, army, art, article, back matter, back number, batch, beat, bevy, billion, bit, block out, blood, book, box score, brand, breed, budget, bunch, business, calculate, call off, call over, call the roll, calling, career, career building, careerism, cast, census, chapter, character, chaser, chiliad, chiliagon, chiliahedron, chiliarch, chiliarchia, chunk, cipher, clan, clause, clutch, collection, color, come, come to, company, comprise, compute, contain, copy, count, covey, craft, crowd, curtain, curtain call, curtain raiser, deal, decrease, denomination, description, designation, detail, difference, digit, divertimento, divertissement, divide, dose, dual, edition, enumerate, epilogue, exode, exodus, expository scene, fascicle, feather, few, figure, figure up, finale, fix, foliate, folio, form, front matter, game, gang, gathering, genre, genus, gob, grain, grand, group, handful, handicraft, heap, hoke act, horde, host, hundred, hunk, ilk, impression, include, increase, integer, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, introduction, issue, itemize, kidney, kilo, kilocycle, kilogram, kilohertz, kiloliter, kilometer, kin, kind, label, lakh, large amount, legions, library, library edition, lifework, lilt, line, line of business, line of work, loads, lot, make, manner, many, mark, mass, measure, mess, meter, metier, metrics, millennium, millepede, milligram, milliliter, million, mission, mob, mold, mount up to, movement, multitude, myriad, mystery, nature, numbers, numeral, numerate, occupation, one hundred thousand, one or two, outline, pack, page, paginate, paragraph, parcel, parse, part, party, passage, passel, persuasion, phrase, phylum, platoon, plural, poll, portion, practice, printing, product, profession, prologue, prosody, pursuit, quantify, quantity, quantize, race, racket, rate, ration, reckon, reckon up to, reckoning, reduce, resolve, rhythm, rhythmic pattern, routine, run into, run over, run to, scan, scene, schematize, school edition, score, section, sentence, series, set, several, shape, sheet, shtick, signature, singular, sketch, skit, slew, slews, small amount, song and dance, sort, specialization, specialty, species, stamp, stand-up comedy act, strain, stripe, striptease, style, sum, sum up, summation, swarm, swing, tale, tally, tell, ten thousand, text, the bottom line, the like of, the likes of, the story, the whole story, thou, thousand, tons, tot up, tot up to, total, tote up to, trade, trade book, trade edition, trial, tribe, troop, turn, two or three, type, umpteen, unitize, variety, verse, vocation, volume, walk, walk of life, whole, whole number, work, x number, yard
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

NUMBER. A collection of units. 2. In pleading, numbers must be stated truly, when alleged in the recital of a record, written instrument, or express contract. Lawes' PI. 48; 4 T. R. 314; Cro. Car. 262; Dougl. 669; 2 Bl. Rep. 1104. But in other cases, it is not in general requisite that they should be truly stated, because they are not required to be strictly proved. If, for example, in an action of trespass the plaintiff proves the wrongful taking away of any part of the goods duly described in his declaration, he is entitled to recover pro tanto. Bac. Ab. Trespass, I 2 Lawes' PI. 48. 3. And sometimes, when the subject to be described is supposed to comprehend a multiplicity of particulars, a general description is sufficient. A declaration in trover alleging the conversion of "a library of books"' without stating their number, titles, or quality, was held 'to be sufficiently certain; 3 Bulst. 31; Carth. 110; Bac. Ab. Trover, F 1; and in an action for the loss of goods, by burning the plaintiff's house, the articles may be described by the simple denomination of "goods" or "divers goods." 1 Keb. 825; Plowd. 85, 118, 123; Cro. Eliz. 837; 1 H. Bl. 284.