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quan·ti·ty

 (kwŏn′tĭ-tē)
n. pl. quan·ti·ties
1.
a. A specified or indefinite number or amount: shipped a large quantity of books; sells quantities of paper to publishers.
b. A considerable amount or number: sells drugs wholesale and in quantity.
c. An exact amount or number: the quantity of material recycled in a month.
2. The measurable or countable property or aspect of things: Arithmetic deals with quantity.
3. Mathematics Something that serves as the object of an operation.
4.
a. Linguistics The relative amount of time needed to pronounce a vowel, consonant, or syllable.
b. The duration of a syllable in quantitative verse.
5. Logic The exact character of a proposition in reference to its universality, singularity, or particularity.

[Middle English quantite, from Old French, from Latin quantitās, quantitāt-, from quantus, how great; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

quantity

(ˈkwɒntɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1.
a. a specified or definite amount, weight, number, etc
b. (as modifier): a quantity estimate.
2. the aspect or property of anything that can be measured, weighed, counted, etc
3. a large or considerable amount
4. (Mathematics) maths an entity having a magnitude that may be denoted by a numerical expression
5. (General Physics) physics a specified magnitude or amount; the product of a number and a unit
6. (Logic) logic the characteristic of a proposition dependent on whether it is a universal or particular statement, considering all or only part of a class
7. (Poetry) prosody the relative duration of a syllable or the vowel in it
[C14: from Old French quantité, from Latin quantitās extent, amount, from quantus how much]
Usage: The use of a plural noun after quantity of as in a large quantity of bananas was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable

quan•ti•ty

(ˈkwɒn tɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. an indefinite or aggregate amount: a quantity of sugar.
2. a specified amount: in the quantities called for.
3. a considerable or great amount: to buy food in quantity.
4.
a. the property of magnitude involving comparability with other magnitudes.
b. something having magnitude or extent, amount, or the like.
c. magnitude, size, volume, area, or length.
5. the amount, degree, etc., in terms of which another can be greater or lesser.
6. the character of a proposition as singular, universal, or particular.
7. the relative duration of a speech sound, esp. a vowel, or a syllable; length.
8. any person, thing, or factor taken into consideration: The nominee was an unknown quantity.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin quantitās fr. quant(us) how much]

quan·ti·ty

(kwŏn′tĭ-tē)
Mathematics
Something, such as a number or symbol that represents a number, on which a mathematical operation is performed.

Quantity

 an amount or sum of people, things, or animals.
Examples: quantity of the offence, 1647; of sorrowful remembrance, 1485.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quantity - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantifyquantity - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
abstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
probability, chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
quantum - (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)
economic value, value - the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else; "he tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices"
fundamental measure, fundamental quantity - one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
definite quantity - a specific measure of amount
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
system of measurement, metric - a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
cordage - the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords
octane number, octane rating - a measure of the antiknock properties of gasoline
magnetisation, magnetization - the extent or degree to which something is magnetized
radical - (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantity
volume - the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object; "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"
volume - a relative amount; "mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water"
proof - a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume)
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
period of play, playing period, play - (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
2.quantity - an adequate or large amount; "he had a quantity of ammunition"
amount - the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion; "an adequate amount of food for four people"
abundance, copiousness, teemingness - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
3.quantity - the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
quantum - a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory
term - any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial; "the general term of an algebraic equation of the n-th degree"
numerical quantity - a quantity expressed as a number
operand - a quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performed
variable quantity, variable - a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
constant, constant quantity, invariable - a quantity that does not vary
parameter - a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data
mathematical product, product - a quantity obtained by multiplication; "the product of 2 and 3 is 6"
sum, total, amount - a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
proportional - one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion
binomial - (mathematics) a quantity expressed as a sum or difference of two terms; a polynomial with two terms

quantity

noun
1. amount, lot, total, sum, part, portion, quota, aggregate, number, allotment a vast quantity of food
2. size, measure, mass, volume, length, capacity, extent, bulk, magnitude, greatness, expanse the sheer quantity of data can cause problems.
unknown quantity enigma, mystery, problem He is the unknown quantity who could just upset everything.

quantity

noun
1. An indefinite amount or extent:
Informal: lot.
2. A measurable whole:
Translations
كميةكَمِيَّةكَمِيَّه
množství
kvantitetmængde
hulk
määräsulku
količina
mennyiség
magn
수량
kiekybėneaiškus paukštissąmatos sudarytojas
daudzumskvantitāte
količina
količina
kvantitetmängdantal
จำนวนที่แน่นอน
số lượng

quantity

[ˈkwɒntɪtɪ]
A. Ncantidad f
in large quantities; in quantityen grandes cantidades
unknown quantityincógnita f
B. CPD quantity discount Ndescuento m por cantidad
quantity mark Nsigno m prosódico
quantity surveyor Naparejador(a) m/f

quantity

[ˈkwɒntɪti] nquantité f
in large quantities → en grande quantité
in small quantities → en petite quantité
in quantity → en grande quantité
quality not quantity → la qualité plutôt que la quantitéquantity surveyor n (British)métreur m vérificateur

quantity

n
Quantität f; (= amount)Menge f; (= proportion)Anteil m (→ of an +dat), → Quantum nt; to prefer quantity to qualityQuantität der Qualität vorziehen; in quantity, in large quantitiesin großen Mengen; what quantity did you order?welche Menge haben Sie bestellt?; a tiny quantity of poisoneine kleine Menge Gift; what quantity of yeast was used?wie viel Hefe wurde benutzt?; the quantity of meat in these sausages is very smallder Fleischanteil in diesen Würsten ist sehr klein; in equal quantitieszu gleichen Mengen or Teilen
often pl (= large amount or number)Unmenge f; quantities of books/beerUnmengen von Büchern/Bier
(Math, Phys, fig) → Größe f
(Poet, Phon) → Quantität f

quantity

:
quantity mark
nQuantitätszeichen nt
quantity surveyor
nBaukostenkalkulator(in) m(f)

quantity

[ˈkwɒntɪtɪ] nquantità f inv (Comm) → quantità, quantitativo
in quantity → in grande quantità

quantity

(ˈkwontəti) noun
the size, weight, number etc of something, especially a large size etc. What quantity of paper do you need?; I buy these goods in quantity; a small quantity of cement; large quantities of tinned food.
quantity surveyor
a person who is responsible for estimating the quantities of building materials needed for constructing something, and their probable cost.
an unknown quantity
a person or thing whose characteristics, abilities etc cannot be predicted.

quantity

كَمِيَّة množství kvantitet Menge ποσότητα cantidad määrä quantité količina quantità 수량 hoeveelheid antall ilość quantidade количество kvantitet จำนวนที่แน่นอน miktar số lượng 数量

quan·ti·ty

n. cantidad, un número considerable.

quantity

n cantidad f
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I knew it was silly, but they flattered me and said I was a beauty, and quantities of nonsense, so I let them make a fool of me.
Up along Main Street he went in the evening to Ed Griffith's saloon, and after drink- ing unbelievable quantities of beer staggered off to his room in the New Willard House and to his bed for the night.
There is much gold scattered throughout Honduras, though of late it has not been found in large quantities.
In the evening, as I sat staring at my book, the fervour of his voice stirred through the quantities on the page before me.
Large quantities of similar rubbish lay lumbering the floor.
It was amazing what quantities of food such as this were needed every day, by eleven hungry persons.
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This was the best store we had come across yet; it had everything in it, in small quantities, from anvils and drygoods all the way down to fish and pinchbeck jewelry.
Shivering with cold, we turned into bed with a double allowance of clothes, and slept comfortably while the wind howled AUTOUR DE LA MAISON; when I awoke, the wall and the window looked equally dark, but in another hour I found I could just see the form of the latter; so I jumped out of bed, and forced it open, though with great difficulty from the frost and the quantities of GNILLIC heaped up against it.
It will probably be only of ivory with a nice screen of peacock feathers for a background; but you shall have a comfortable chair very near it, with quantities of slaves to do what they call in novels your `lightest bidding.
She expressed pleasure, too, at finding a sister among her new acquaintance; and she prattled to Catherine, and kissed her, and ran about with her, and gave her quantities of presents, at the beginning.
In the Doctor's little household, as in very many others, the articles of daily consumption that were wanted were purchased every evening, in small quantities and at various small shops.