number

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number

Pronunciation[change]

  • Hyphenation: num‧ber
noun, verb
adjective

Noun[change]

Singular
number

Plural
numbers

  1. A symbol that that is used to describe quantity; a numeral.
    2, 5589, and 0 are all numbers.
  2. A few.
    She has a number of dictionaries--four or five, I think.
  3. A musical, theatrical, or literary selection or production.
    She chose a number from "Swan Lake" for her dance recital.

Verb[change]

Plain form
number

Third-person singular
numbers

Past tense
numbered

Past participle
numbered

Present participle
numbering

  1. To label objects with numbers.
    Number the baskets so that we can find them easily.
  2. (intransitive) To total or count; to amount to.
    I don’t know how many books are in the library, but they must number in the thousands.

Adjective[change]

Positive
numb

Comparative
number

Superlative
numbest

  1. The comparative form of numb; more numb.
    My hand feels number than it did before.