1. [syn: measure, quantity, amount]
2. an adequate or large amount;
- Example: "he had a quantity of ammunition"
3. the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quantity \Quan"ti*ty\, n.; pl. Quantities. [F. quantite, L.
quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow,
E. how, who. See Who.]
1. The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the
property of being measurable, or capable of increase and
decrease, multiplication and division; greatness; and more
concretely, that which answers the question "How much?";
measure in regard to bulk or amount; determinate or
comparative dimensions; measure; amount; bulk; extent;
size. Hence, in specific uses:
(a) (Logic) The extent or extension of a general
conception, that is, the number of species or
individuals to which it may be applied; also, its
content or comprehension, that is, the number of its
constituent qualities, attributes, or relations.
(b) (Gram.) The measure of a syllable; that which
determines the time in which it is pronounced; as, the
long or short quantity of a vowel or syllable.
(c) (Mus.) The relative duration of a tone.
2. That which can be increased, diminished, or measured;
especially (Math.), anything to which mathematical
processes are applicable.
Note: Quantity is discrete when it is applied to separate
objects, as in number; continuous, when the parts are
connected, either in succession, as in time, motion,
etc., or in extension, as by the dimensions of space,
viz., length, breadth, and thickness.
3. A determinate or estimated amount; a sum or bulk; a
certain portion or part; sometimes, a considerable amount;
a large portion, bulk, or sum; as, a medicine taken in
quantities, that is, in large quantities.
The quantity of extensive and curious information
which he had picked up during many months of
desultory, but not unprofitable, study. --Macaulay.
Quantity of estate (Law), its time of continuance, or
degree of interest, as in fee, for life, or for years.
--Wharton (Law Dict. )
Quantity of matter, in a body, its mass, as determined by
its weight, or by its momentum under a given velocity.
Quantity of motion (Mech.), in a body, the relative amount
of its motion, as measured by its momentum, varying as the
product of mass and velocity.
Known quantities (Math.), quantities whose values are
Unknown quantities (Math.), quantities whose values are
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: how much there is or how many there are of something that
you can quantify [syn: measure, quantity, amount]
2: an adequate or large amount; "he had a quantity of
3: the concept that something has a magnitude and can be
represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
300 Moby Thesaurus words for "quantity":
Alexandrine, a mass of, a world of, abundance, accent,
accentuation, accommodation, account, acres, affluence, aggregate,
amount, amphibrach, amphimacer, ample sufficiency, ampleness,
amplitude, anacrusis, anapest, antispast, armful, army, arsis,
avalanche, bacchius, bagful, bags, barometer, barrelful, barrels,
basketful, batch, beat, bevy, binful, block, bonanza, bottleful,
bountifulness, bountiousness, bowlful, box score, budget, bulk,
bumper crop, bunch, burden, bushel, cadence, caesura, canon,
capacity, capful, caseful, cast, catalexis, check, chloriamb,
chloriambus, chunk, clod, cloud, clump, clutch, clutter, colon,
content, copiousness, cordage, count, counterpoint, countlessness,
covey, cretic, criterion, dactyl, dactylic hexameter, deal, degree,
diaeresis, difference, dimeter, dipody, dochmiac, dose, elegiac,
elegiac couplet, elegiac pentameter, emphasis, epitrite, extent,
extravagance, exuberance, feminine caesura, fertility, flight,
flock, flocks, flood, flow, foison, foot, full measure, full vowel,
fullness, gauge, generosity, generousness, gob, gobs,
graduated scale, great abundance, great plenty, group, gush, hail,
handful, heap, heptameter, heptapody, heroic couplet, hexameter,
hexapody, hive, host, hunk, iamb, iambic, iambic pentameter, ictus,
ionic, jam, jillion, jingle, kettleful, landslide, lapful,
large amount, lavishness, legion, liberality, liberalness, lilt,
limit, load, loads, loaf, long vowel, lot, lots, lump, luxuriance,
many, masculine caesura, mass, masses of, maximum, measure, mess,
meter, metrical accent, metrical foot, metrical group,
metrical unit, metron, million, mob, model, molossus, mora,
more than enough, mountain, mouthful, movement, much, muchness,
multitude, myriad, myriads, nest, norm, nugget, number, numbers,
numerousness, ocean, oceans, oodles, opulence, opulency,
outpouring, overflow, pack, paeon, parameter, parcel, part, pat,
pattern, peck, pentameter, pentapody, period, plenitude,
plenteousness, plentifulness, plenty, plurality, portion, poundage,
prevalence, proceleusmatic, prodigality, product, productiveness,
profuseness, profusion, pyrrhic, quantities, quantum, quite a few,
ration, reading, readout, reckoning, reduced vowel, repleteness,
repletion, rhythm, rich harvest, rich vein, richness, riot,
riotousness, room, rout, ruck, rule, scads, scale, score, scores,
sea, shoal, short vowel, shower, small amount, space, spate,
spondee, sprung rhythm, standard, stowage, stream, stress,
substantiality, substantialness, sum, summation, superabundance,
superfluity, swarm, swing, syzygy, tale, tally, teemingness, test,
tetrameter, tetrapody, tetraseme, the bottom line, the story,
the whole story, thesis, thousand, throng, tidy sum, tonnage, tons,
total, touchstone, tribrach, trillion, trimeter, tripody, triseme,
trochee, type, value, volume, wad, wealth, weight, whole, world,
worlds, worlds of, x number, yardstick
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
QUANTITY, pleading. That which is susceptible of measure.
2. It is a general rule that, when the declaration alleges an injury to
goods and chattels, or any contract relating to them, their quantity should
be stated. Gould on Pl. c. 4, Sec. 35. And in actions for the recovery of
real estate, the quantity of the land should be specified. Bract. 431, a; 11
Co. 25 b, 55 a; Doct. Pl. 85, 86; 1 East, R. 441; 8 East, R. 357; 13 East,
R. 102; Steph. Pl. 314, 315.