Abstract numbers

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(Math.) numbers used without application to things, as 6, 8, 10; but when applied to any thing, as 6 feet, 10 men, they become concrete.

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I mean, as I was saying, that arithmetic has a very great and elevating effect, compelling the soul to reason about abstract number, and rebelling against the introduction of visible or tangible objects into the argument.
The abstract number, five, I am willing to admit; but, concretely, it has reference to bottles of Brown Stout, without which, in the way of condiment, Welsh rabbit is to be eschewed.
Safe staffing guides are not abstract numbers - they are essential to keep people well.
These arent abstract numbers they show that we have prevented the needless suffering sometimes fatal suffering of over 60,000 people in that period.
Purpose: We aimed to evaluate the number of abstracts on patient dose presented at the Turkish National Radiology Congress and compare their ratios to the total abstract numbers with those presented at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
This student's response underscores the two different meanings we give to fractions in teaching: fractions in context (partitioned fractions) and fractions as abstract numbers (quantity fractions) (Gould, 2008; Isoda, Stephens, Ohara, & Miyakawa, 2007; Yoshida, 2004).
He said: "Liberal Democrats know that what matters to people is not abstract numbers but the money they have in their pocket.
I wish one day the news talk more of every innocent child and woman that is killed as human beings with hopes, feelings, potential and rights to live, not as abstract numbers and simple statistics.
The language of Babylonian arithmetic appears to be rooted in words more applicable to the handling of counters than to abstract numbers.
No longer are "the poor" abstract numbers in a slick textbook.
Of the many challenges and opportunities in measuring communication, the two I think are most critical are: 1) getting leadership to understand that baseline measures are essential to determining success or just moving the needle in the right direction and 2) getting communicators to stop using abstract numbers in lieu of meaningful measures based on bottom-line-related objectives.
asp (be careful to use the Abstract Search, not the Quicklinks search confusingly placed above it); you can search for the abstract numbers.