• Counting. How many? Shoshoni and Banak
    Counting. How many? Shoshoni and Banak
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v count include as if by counting "I can count my colleagues in the opposition"
    • v count take account of "You have to reckon with our opponents","Count on the monsoon"
    • v count have faith or confidence in "you can count on me to help you any time","Look to your friends for support","You can bet on that!","Depend on your family in times of crisis"
    • v count name or recite the numbers in ascending order "The toddler could count to 100"
    • v count determine the number or amount of "Can you count the books on your shelf?","Count your change"
    • v count show consideration for; take into account "You must consider her age","The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient"
    • v count have weight; have import, carry weight "It does not matter much"
    • v count put into a group "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
    • v count have a certain value or carry a certain weight "each answer counts as three points"
    • n count the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order "the counting continued for several hours"
    • n count a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
    • n count the total number counted "a blood count"
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Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on counting boards. In the New World they were used for the Indian trade Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on...
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Counting out money Counting out money

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible for anyone to verbally count up to the number 1 trillion
    • Count (Law) A formal statement of the plaintiff's case in court; in a more technical and correct sense, a particular allegation or charge in a declaration or indictment, separately setting forth the cause of action or prosecution.
    • n Count A nobleman on the continent of Europe, equal in rank to an English earl.☞ Though the tittle Count has never been introduced into Britain, the wives of Earls have, from the earliest period of its history, been designated as Countesses.
    • Count An object of interest or account; value; estimation. "All his care and count ."
    • Count The act of numbering; reckoning; also, the number ascertained by counting. "Of blessed saints for to increase the count .""By this count , I shall be much in years."
    • Count To esteem; to account; to reckon; to think, judge, or consider. "I count myself in nothing else so happy
      As in a soul remembering my good friends."
    • Count To number or be counted; to possess value or carry weight; hence, to increase or add to the strength or influence of some party or interest; as, every vote counts; accidents count for nothing. "This excellent man . . . counted among the best and wisest of English statesmen."
    • Count To place to an account; to ascribe or impute; to consider or esteem as belonging. "Abracham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
    • Count (Eng. Law) To plead orally; to argue a matter in court; to recite a count.
    • Count To reckon; to rely; to depend; -- with on or upon. "He was brewer to the palace; and it was apprehended that the government counted on his voice.""I think it a great error to count upon the genius of a nation as a standing argument in all ages."
    • Count To take account or note; -- with "No man counts of her beauty."
    • Count To tell or name one by one, or by groups, for the purpose of ascertaining the whole number of units in a collection; to number; to enumerate; to compute; to reckon. "Who can count the dust of Jacob?""In a journey of forty miles, Avaux counted only three miserable cabins."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mountain Dew does reduce your sperm count significantly.
    • count To number; assign the numerals one, two, three, etc., successively and in order to all the individual objects of (a collection), one to each; enumerate: as, to count the years, days, and hours of a man's life; to count the stars.
    • count To ascertain the number of by more complex processes of computation; compute; reckon.
    • count To reckon to the credit of another; place to an account; ascribe or impute; consider or esteem as belonging.
    • count To account; esteem; think, judge, deem, or consider.
    • count To recount.
    • count To regard, deem, hold.
    • count To ascertain the number of objects in a collection by assigning to them in order the numerals one, two, three, etc.; determine the number of objects in a group by a process partly mechanical and partly arithmetical, or in any way whatsoever; number.
    • count To be able to reckon; be expert in numbers: as, he can read, write, and count.
    • count To take account; enter into consideration: of a thing (obsolete), with a person.
    • count In music, to keep time, or mark the rhythm of a piece, by naming the successive pulses, accents, or beats.
    • count To be of value; be worth reckoning or taking into account; swell the number: as, every vote counts.
    • count To reckon; depend; rely: with on or upon.
    • count In law, to plead orally; argue a matter in court; recite the cause of action.
    • n count Reckoning; the act of numbering: as, this is the number according to my count.
    • n count The total number; the number which represents the result of a process of counting; the number signified by the numeral assigned to the last unit of a collection in the operation of counting it; the magnitude of a collection as determined by counting.
    • n count Account; estimation; value.
    • n count In law, an entire or integral charge in an indictment, complaint, or other pleading, setting forth a cause of complaint. There may be different counts in the same pleading.
    • n count In music: Rhythm; regularity of accent or pace.
    • n count The act of reckoning or naming the pulses of the rhythm: as, to keep strict count.
    • n count A particular pulse, accent, or beat: as, the first count of a measure.
    • n count A title of nobility in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal (corresponding to earl in Great Britain and graf in Germany), whence the name county, originally applied to the demain appertaining to the holder of such a title. Under the Roman republic a count was a companion or an assistant of a proconsul or propretor in his foreign government; under the empire, an officer of the imperial household, or an attendant upon the emperor in his official duties, the title being ultimately extended to officers of various grades in different parts of the empire. Among early Teutonic races the count or graf was the officer set by a sovereign over a district or gau, charged with the preservation of the king's authority. In France, under Charles the Bald, a system of government by counts as personal agents of the sovereign was developed. Later, with the growth of the feudal system, they became the feudal proprietors of lands and territories, and thus not merely royal officers, but nobles, and, as such, hereditary rulers. At the present time the title, inherited alike by all the sons of a count or conferred by the sovereign, serves merely to indicate nobility. As a title, count does not occur in the nomenclature of the English nobility, except as in count palatine; but the feminine form countess is the recognized feminine equivalent of earl.
    • n count Formerly, in England, the proprietor of a county, who exercised regal prerogatives within his county, in virtue of which he had his own courts of law, appointed judges and law officers, and could pardon murders, treasons, and felonies. All writs and judicial processes proceeded in his name, while the king's writs were of no avail within the palatinate. The Earl of Chester, the Bishop of Durham, and the Duke of Lancaster were the counts palatine of England. The queen is now Duchess and Countess Palatine of Lancaster. The earldom palatinate of Chester, similarly restricted, is vested in the eldest son of the monarch, or in the monarch himself when there is no Prince of Wales. Durham became a palatinate in the time of William the Conqueror, and the dignity continued in connection with the bishopric till 1836, when it was vested in the crown. See palatine, and county palatine, under county.
    • n count A term used in the textile industry to indicate the size or fineness of yarn, designated by naming the number of hanks in a pound, in the plural form: as, 20's. Also called number or grist.
    • n count plural Fineness of the pitch of the wire teeth in card-clothing, computed on the number of teeth found in a width of 4 inches.
    • n count plural Things sold by count, as by the dozen, the hundred, etc., and not by weight or measure; specifically, oysters, terrapin, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scholars have named the highest number that's been counted, a googleplex.
    • n Count kownt on the Continent, a title of nobility equal in rank to an English earl
    • v.t Count kownt to number, sum up: to ascribe: esteem: consider
    • v.i Count to add to or increase a number by being counted to it: to depend
    • n Count act of numbering: the number counted: a particular charge in an indictment
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.”
  • Ernest Meyers
    Ernest Meyers
    “Don't just count your years, make your years count.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what's happening out there. It's how you take it that counts.”
  • Harry Howell
    Harry Howell
    “It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.”


Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - (USA) Used in response to someone saying "almost" in a win/lose situation. The full expression is "Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." An alternate form puts "and flinging shit from a shovel" at the end.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - This phrase is used to say that if you come close to success without succeeding, it is not good enough
Count sheep - If people cannot sleep, they are advised to count sheep mentally.
Count your blessings - When people count their blessings, they concentrate on all the good things in their lives instead of the negative ones.
Down for the count - If someone is down for the count, they have lost a struggle, like a boxer who has been knocked out.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. conter, and later (etymological spellingcompter, in modern French thus distinguished; conter, to relate (cf. Recount Account), compter, to count; fr. L. computuare, to reckon, compute; com-, + putare, to reckon, settle, order, prune, orig., to clean. See Pure, and cf. Compute


In literature:

I am young and you may count upon my good will.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
"The Memoirs, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by Thomas Jefferson
The Count lived in solitude.
"Captain Dieppe" by Anthony Hope
The Count de Estaing is expected at St Ildefonso in about a week, the Count being now at that place.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
Count Ronsky, who is at the head of the matter, inspired me with a great desire to go.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
Long and anxiously did the Count await a reply to his letter, but weeks passed without his receiving it.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
It was here the Count met him, one day when the Count was returning from the hunt.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
He listened a moment, then rose, put his hat on, and went out at the counting-house door.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The title of Count of Trieste was first taken by Antonio di Negri (1350-1370).
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Then, as the Count went to the table to write, Sir Charles inquired where we had been, and whether I had driven much on the Continent.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Now I seek eternally
That grim Counter of the fen,
Praying he may count again--
Counting, "Three".
"The Little Man In Green" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Your love is less than mine,
For I have counted every tedious minute
Since our last meeting.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Except count the plains
And the mountains
And the valleys
And the rivers
That separate from my Spring.
"Written On A Wall In Spring" by Edward Powys Mathers
Discount is counted troublesome
By my unlearned pate;
For cubic root I entertain
A strongly rooted hate.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton
Who hath a heart courageous
Rests with tranquillity,
For Time he counts not as his foe,
Nor Death his enemy.
"The Heart Courageous" by Virna Sheard
I do not count the hours I spend
In wandering by the sea;
The forest is my loyal friend,
Like God it useth me.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In news:

The former graduate student accused of opening fire on moviegoers in a Denver-area screening of the latest "Batman" movie 10 days ago was formally charged on Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.
Pachokas is charged with two counts of arson and two counts of reckless endangerment.
Campbell has been charged with eight counts of securities fraud, four counts of forgery and one count each of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering in connection with a fake audit.
Valery, 40, of 305 E Fifth St, Jamestown, has been charged with second-degree attempted forgery , fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, five counts of second-degree forgery and five counts of petit larceny.
DES MOINES — United States Attorney Nicholas A Klinefeldt announced that John Francis Holtsinger, 52, of Ottumwa, has pled guilty to five counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion in connection with a fraudulent investment scheme.
The latest census counted 400 mountain gorillas living in Bwindi, while 480 animals were counted in the Virunga Massif in 2010.
"We're counting people that are in shelters now, in transitional housing, on the streets and also we count people who are couch surfing and at risk of homelessness ," Naperala said.
It takes a small army of poll workers and machine technicians to count our votes and make our votes count.
Matthew Rosenweig, 31, was indicted Thursday, Oct 25, 2012, for three counts of bank robbery and two counts of attempted bank robbery.
Officials from Miami-Dade County say they have finished counting absentee ballots and will begin counting the county's 2,800 provisional ballots on Thursday afternoon.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Long announced the arrest of Terri Lynn Spence, 34, of 2860 Sybil Drive, Kinston, on four counts of embezzlement by an insurance agent and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Joseph Losinski pleaded guilty to one count of felony aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of intimidating a victim or witness, also a felony, in October.
55-year-old John Douglas White of Mt Pleasant is charged with one count of open murder and one count of premeditated murder in the first degree.
Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March 2012.
Shawn Allen Hughes, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation to commit kidnapping and two counts of retaliation for past acts.

In science:

The local fraction of the evolving starburst population is only several percent of the total, consistent with the observed fraction of interacting galaxies (∼ 5% locally), the quick upturn in the counts then requiring quite a strong evolution to match the peak in the normalized counts around S15 ≃ 0.5 mJy.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The counting of inversions in long walks will be expressed in terms of the counting in shorter and simpler ones.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
For comparison, the bright source CXOHDFN J123646.3+621404 (see below) loses 12% of its soft-band counts and 14% of its hardband counts when the restricted ACIS grade set is used instead of the standard ASCA grade set.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Such testing is statistically valid even when the number of counts is small, although clearly the sensitivity of the K-S test is reduced when only a few counts are available.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
We could have started this way, because at e−µ = −1 Eq. (36) counts naturally only the EVRW, and at e−µ = 1 it counts all RW.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks