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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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This was a truly thrilling scene, though some persons might have thought that the sudden tumbling down of a quantity of long red hair rather marred the effect of the villain's death.
She went in to give directions to the cook, to say that the butcher would have to bring much less meat, that they would require only half their usual quantity of bread, of milk and groceries.
He often stopped to examine the trees; nor did he cross a rivulet without attentively considering the quantity, the velocity, and the color of its waters.
A very ancient woman, in a white short gown and a green petticoat, with a string of gold beads about her neck, and what looked like a nightcap on her head, had brought a quantity of yarn to barter for the commodities of the shop.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
He never used to swear, though, at his men, they said; but somehow he got an inordinate quantity of cruel, unmitigated hard work out of them.
Assuming the blubber to be the skin of the whale; then, when this skin, as in the case of a very large Sperm Whale, will yield the bulk of one hundred barrels of oil; and, when it is considered that, in quantity, or rather weight, that oil, in its expressed state, is only three fourths, and not the entire substance of the coat; some idea may hence be had of the enormousness of that animated mass, a mere part of whose mere integument yields such a lake of liquid as that.
But that was not all: standing as I did on a quantity of moist straw my feet grew unhealthy and tender, and the master used to say:
There were several kinds and sizes of jets, and after a certain precise quantity had come out, each stopped automatically, and the wonderful machine made a turn, and took the can under another jet, and so on, until it was filled neatly to the brim, and pressed tightly, and smoothed off.
Roars of laughter attended the narration, and were taken up and prolonged by all the smaller fry, who were lying, in any quantity, about on the floor, or perched in every corner.
This principle being admitted, the justice of every particular case of resistance is reduced to a computation of the quantity of the danger and grievance on the one side, and of the probability and expense of redressing it on the other.
No stomach could hold all that quantity at one time, of course--but there are ways of frequently creating a vacuum, which those who have been much at sea will understand.