# cardinal number

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## cardinal number

*n.*

A number, such as 3 or 11 or 412, used in counting to indicate quantity but not order.

## cardinal number

*or*

## cardinal numeral

*n*

**1.**(Mathematics) a number denoting quantity but not order in a set. Sometimes shortened to:

**cardinal**

**2.**(Mathematics)

*maths*

*logic*

**a.**a measure of the size of a set that does not take account of the order of its members. Compare natural number

**b.**a particular number having this function

**3.**(Logic)

*maths*

*logic*

**a.**a measure of the size of a set that does not take account of the order of its members. Compare natural number

**b.**a particular number having this function

## car′dinal num′ber

*n.*

any of the numbers that express amount, as

*one, two, three*(disting. from ordinal number).[1585–95]

## car·di·nal number

(kär′dn-əl) A number, such as 3, 11, or 412, used in counting to indicate quantity but not order. Compare ordinal number.

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Noun | 1. | cardinal number - the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the ordernumber - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence" absolute frequency, frequency - the number of observations in a given statistical category googol - a cardinal number represented as 1 followed by 100 zeros (ten raised to the power of a hundred) googolplex - a cardinal number represented as 1 followed by a googol of zeros (ten raised to the power of a googol) |

Translations

**kardinální číslo**

**kardinaltal**

número cardinal

**adjetivo cardinal****hulga võimsus**

**kardinaalarv**

**põhiarv**

**kardinaaliluku**

**perusluku**

**tőszám**

**tőszámnév**

**基数**

**集合数**

**numeral cardinal**

**número cardinal**

**numeral cardinal**

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