Numbers

Definitions

  • "A great number of seagulls were chasing the fugitive."
    "A great number of seagulls were chasing the fugitive."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n numbers an illegal daily lottery
    • n Numbers the fourth book of the Old Testament; contains a record of the number of Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece
"Did you get his number?" "Did you get his number?"
Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
Showing small number of windows and statuary on roof Showing small number of windows and statuary on roof
NUMBERS OF EAGER LITTLE PORTERS NUMBERS OF EAGER LITTLE PORTERS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average number of bridesmaids at a wedding is four
    • prop. n Numbers pl. of Number. The fourth book of the Pentateuch, containing the census of the Hebrews.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The smallest number spelled with an "a" is one thousand.
    • n numbers The fourth book of the Old Testament: so called because it begins with an account of the numbering of the Israelites in the beginning of the second year after they left Egypt. It includes part of the history of the Israelites during their wanderings. Abbreviated Num., Numb.
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Quotations

  • Francis Hutcheson
    Francis Hutcheson
    “The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Round numbers are always false.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain; and there is no good theory of disease which does not at once suggest a cure.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only way to be number one is to be number one.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”

Idioms

Back number - Something that's a back number is dated or out of fashion.
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By the numbers - If something is done by the numbers, it is done in a mechanical manner without room for creativity.
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Days are numbered - When someone’s days are numbered, they are expected to die soon.
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I've got your number - You have made a mistake and I am going to call you on it. You are in trouble (a threat). I have a disagreement with you. I understand your true nature.
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Look after number 1 - You are number one, so this idiom means that you should think about yourself first, rather than worrying about other people.
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Look out for number one - If you look out for number one, you take care of yourself and your interests, rather than those of other people.
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Number cruncher - A number cruncher is an accountant or someone who is very good at dealing with numbers and calculations.
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Pull numbers out of your ass - (USA) If sopmeone pulls numbers out of their ass, they give unreliable or unsubstantiated figures to back their argument.
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Safety in numbers - If a lot of people do something risky at the same time, the risk is reduced because there is safety in numbers.
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Usage

In literature:

The number of representatives may not exceed one hundred; the number of senators may not exceed thirty-three.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
He considered the number of inhabitants as a tolerably good criterion of property, and that this might always be obtained.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
A number of the artisans and carpenters in the first Jamestown colony were of German descent.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The number one apples go out one door, and in case I use a grader the number two go out another side.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
We observe a still more serious vice: the number of eggs is out of all proportion to the number of peas in the pod.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Overweg thinks Islamism was introduced into Bornou by the Shoua Arabs, who are found in Bornou in great numbers.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
I also helped them by writing for them, at their request, a number of articles for the earlier numbers of their work.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Although we were only a few in number, the British had their work cut out to dislodge us.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
One-sixth part of the whole number of C will give the number of seamen.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The forces engaged numbered about 1,500,000 men.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
These assurances enabled them to bear their miseries a little longer, though their numbers daily diminished.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
There are besides these, the Spaniard said, numbers of small ones not marked on the chart.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
This, too, is a desert bird which I have seen in great numbers at least twenty-five miles from the nearest water.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
The women often dream of lucky numbers in the Manila Lottery and make every endeavour to purchase the number they have dreamt of.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
Quite a number of periodicals have so few pages in each number that a complete volume makes a very thin book.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
In some manner the Makateese had obtained a number of rifles and there was much loss of life on both sides.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
Number of public libraries, 594; number of daily papers, 560.
"Alden's Handy Atlas of the World" by John B. Alden
Has a man in Virg^a a number of votes in proportion to the number of his slaves?
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison
The standard number of pairs is sixty-three, but different lengths obtain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
In the Indian census of 1901 they are returned as being 1,334,140 in number.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

HOW soft are the day dreams, how sweet are the slumbers
Of him who reclines on the lap of the muse,
The pow'rs of persuasion await on his numbers,
And thrill thro' the heart of the woman he woos.
"Le Vrai Seul Est Aimable" by Charlotte Dacre
Thy vespers were sweet and thy exquisite numbers
Swelled gently and hung on the tremulous air,
And, light as the prayer before infancy's slumbers,
Ascended on high--thou hast followed them there.
"The Musician's Grave" by Lennox Amott
O! host without number, awaked from death’s slumber,
Who walk in white robes on the emerald shore;
The glory is o’er you, the throne is before you,
And weeping will come to your spirits no more.
"Chorus Of Fire" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
What a night of expectation pass'd I!
For I watch'd, and ev'ry chime I number'd;
If perchance I slept a few short moments,
Still my heart remain'd awake forever,
And awoke me from my gentle slumbers.
"Morning Lament" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The tell-tales of memory wake from their slumbers,—
I hear the old song with its tender refrain,
What passion lies hid in those honey-voiced numbers!
What perfume of youth in each exquisite strain!
"For the Moore Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And to do the British justice at Majuba they behaved right well,
But by overwhelming numbers the most of them fell,
Which I'm very sorry to relate,
That such a brave little band met with such a fate.
"The Horrors of Majuba" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Broadcasters have watched the number of people receiving TV service over the air drop in comparison to the number of people receiving TV over cable or satellite.
When announcing the phone number for Florida Fungal Meningitis hotline this week, Gov Rick Scott inadvertently gave out the wrong phone number, directing Floridians to call a phone sex hotline to answer their questions.
My first day in sales at the Waldorf-Astoria, the director of sales told me I could book the same number of room nights as the hotel's number one sales person within six months.
Noah at number five, then Jayden, William, Mason, and finally Jacob at number one.
Here is a measure of the state of the war in Iraq: The number of Iraqis dying each month now rivals the total number of people who died in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks.
Whereas other teams brought out one sit-ski, the US team tripled the number and put on a show with a number of simultaneous flips for the crowd and the judges.
We are avoiding counting the number of shopping days until Christmas because there are more delightful numbers to consider this weekend.
Worksheets are generated randomly and can be customized by input from the educator (such as setting the number of problems on the page, high and low factors, limiting problems to a specific set of numbers, etc.
The latest numbers show him leading by 7,268 votes, which is up several thousand from earlier numbers.
Like his idol R. Kelly, R&B crooner Trey Songz' performances are known to unpredictably shift between raunchy seduction numbers, lovely ballads, soul classics, and groove-filled party numbers.
If the numbers aren't liars, as some folks say numbers are, then the Broncos should leave Kansas City on Sunday evening with their eighth win of the season in hand.
It only made it to number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart and received significant airplay.
Milk is still number one in value, but the grape crop moved down to the number three spot.
A new study suggests that banning fast-food ads on TV could reduce the number of obese young children by 18 percent, and the number of obese older kids by 14 percent.
So about that feeling of being alone a quick look at this map of Gold Star top bar beekeepers and customers will show you there are a goodly number of top bar hive beekeepers, and the numbers are growing.
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In science:

A number is divisible by 1429 if − 1286 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 1429.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 1453 if − 1017 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 1453.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 1523 if − 1066 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 1523.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 1559 if − 1403 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 1559.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 1619 if − 1457 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 1619.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
The invariant γ (K ) counts, up to sign, the number of chords that are intersected by an even number of chords and the number of chords that are intersected by an odd number of chords.
Invariants from the Linking Number
The number of faces F of the Feynman diagrams is the number of points of the triangulation, while the number of propagators gives the number of edges E .
A Short and Subjective Introduction to the Spinfoam Framework for Quantum Gravity
D , W is the number of white regions in the checkerboard coloring of D , which is for alternating minimal diagrams equal to the number of cycles |Ds+ | in the state s+, and B is the number of black regions in the checkerboard coloring of D equal to the number of the cycles |Ds− | in the state s−.
Unknotting and Ascending Numbers of Knots and their Families
Since the product of the number of LSCs and the number of vertex switchings per LSC is the total number of even dashings, dividing the number of even dashings by 22n−k−1 gives that the dimension of switching classes is precisely dim(H1 ).
Adinkras for Mathematicians
In principle, theoretical numbers for g should be compared against theoretical numbers for ρ, and experimental numbers for g should be compared against the experimental numbers for ρ.
Current conservation and ratio rules in magnetic metals with Coulomb repulsion
The number of points in any of the ellipsoids is easily bounded by the number of translations of sK required to cover E times the number of points in any translation of sK , i.e., N (sK, E )N (E , sK ); this is precisely the number that is bounded by 2O(n) for an Mellipsoid.
Near-Optimal Deterministic Algorithms for Volume Computation and Lattice Problems via M-Ellipsoids
Other parameters we consider are: the total number of entries β or δ (β /δ for short), the total number of entries α or γ (α/γ ), the number of entries β /δ on the diagonal of the tableau, and the number of entries α/γ on the diagonal.
Greek letters in random staircase tableaux
Lemma 2.3 If λ ⊢ n, let f1 (λ) = #{i : λi = 1} as the number of times 1 appears as a part of λ, g1 (λ) be the number of distinct parts of λ, d1 (λ) = #{u ∈ λ : hu = 1} as the number of times 1 appears as a hook-length of λ and p(k) = #{λ : λ ⊢ k} denotes the number of unrestricted partitions of k .
Theorems, Problems and Conjectures
Since unknotting number of K (p, q) is (p − 1)(q − 1)/2, both ascending number and descending number are equal to the unknotting number.
A Method for Unknotting Torus Knots
These upper bounds apply to any pair of particle quantum numbers and depend only on the number of particles N and the number of outcomes n for the quantum numbers.
Uncertainty Relations and Indistinguishable Particles
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