# numbering

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## num·ber

(nŭm′bər)*n.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*

**a.**A member of the set of positive integers; one of a series of symbols of unique meaning in a fixed order that can be derived by counting.

**b.**A member of any of the following sets of mathematical objects: integers, rational numbers, real numbers, and complex numbers. These sets can be derived from the positive integers through various algebraic and analytic constructions.

**2.**

**numbers**Arithmetic.

**3.**

**a.**A symbol or word used to represent a number.

**b.**A numeral or a series of numerals used for reference or identification: his telephone number; the apartment number.

**4.**

**a.**A position in an ordered sequence that corresponds to one of the positive integers: the house that is number three from the corner; ranked number six in her class.

**b.**One item in a group or series considered to be in numerical order: an old number of a magazine.

**5.**A total; a sum: the number of feet in a mile.

**6.**An indefinite quantity of units or individuals: The crowd was small in number. A number of people complained.

**7.**

**numbers**

**a.**A large quantity; a multitude: Numbers of people visited the fair.

**b.**Numerical superiority: The South had leaders, the North numbers.

**8.**

*Grammar*The indication, as by inflection, of the singularity, duality, or plurality of a linguistic form.

**9.**

**numbers**

**a.**Metrical feet or lines; verses: "These numbers will I tear, and write in prose" (Shakespeare).

**b.**

*Obsolete*Poetic meter.

**10.**

**numbers**

*Archaic*Musical periods or measures.

**11.**

**numbers**

*(used with a sing. or pl. verb)*

*Games*A numbers game.

**13.**One of the separate offerings in a program of music or other entertainment: The band's second number was a march.

**14.**

*Slang*A frequently repeated, characteristic speech, argument, or performance: suspects doing their usual number—protesting innocence.

**15.**

*Slang*A person or thing singled out for a particular characteristic: a crafty number.

*v.*

**num·bered**,

**num·ber·ing**,

**num·bers**

*v.*

*tr.*

**1.**To assign a number to or mark with a number: Did you number the pages of the report?

**2.**To determine the number or amount of; count: Tickets sold for the show were numbered at 500.

**3.**To total in number or amount; add up to: The ships in the harbor number around 100.

**4.**To include in a group or category: He was numbered among the lost.

**5.**To limit or restrict in number: Our days are numbered.

*v.*

*intr.*

**1.**To call off numbers; count: numbering to ten.

**2.**To have as a total; amount to a number: The applicants numbered in the thousands.

*Idioms:*

*by the numbers***1.**In unison as numbers are called out by a leader: performing calisthenics by the numbers.

**2.**In a strict, step-by-step or mechanical way.

*do a number on**Slang*

To defeat, abuse, or humiliate in a calculated and thorough way.

*get*

*/have*

*(someone's) number* To determine or know someone's real character or motives.

*without*

*/beyond*

*number* Too many to be counted; countless: mosquitoes without number.

**num′ber·er**

*n.*

**As a collective noun**

*Usage Note:**number*may take either a singular or a plural verb. It takes a singular verb when it is preceded by the definite article

*the: The number of skilled workers is increasing.*It takes a plural verb when preceded by the indefinite article

*a: A number of the workers have learned new skills.*

## numbering

(ˈnʌmbərɪŋ)*n*

the assignment or allocation of numbers to a set of objects so as to identify them, etc

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