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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:
 Noun 1 quantity - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantifyabstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examplesprobability, 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 measurementdefinite quantity - a specific measure of amountindefinite quantity - an estimated quantityrelative quantity - a quantity relative to some purposesystem of measurement, metric - a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristiccordage - the amount of wood in an area as measured in cordsoctane number, octane rating - a measure of the antiknock properties of gasolinemagnetisation, magnetization - the extent or degree to which something is magnetizedradical - (mathematics) a quantity expressed as the root of another quantityvolume - 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 periodspoint 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 variableconcept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instancesquantum - a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theoryterm - 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 numberoperand - a quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performedvariable quantity, variable - a quantity that can assume any of a set of valuesconstant, constant quantity, invariable - a quantity that does not varyparameter - a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample datamathematical 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 numbersproportional - one of the quantities in a mathematical proportionbinomial - (mathematics) a quantity expressed as a sum or difference of two terms; a polynomial with two terms

## quantity

noun
1. a vast quantity of food
2. the sheer quantity of data can cause problems.
unknown quantity 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. N
in large quantities; in quantityen grandes cantidades
unknown quantity
B. CPD quantity discount N
quantity mark N

## quantity

[ˈkwɒntɪti] n
in large quantities →
in small quantities → en petite quantité
in quantity →
quality not quantity → quantity surveyor n (British)

## quantity

n
Quantität f; (= amount)Menge f; (= proportion)Anteil m (→ of an +dat), → Quantum nt; to prefer quantity to quality; in quantity, in large quantities; 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 quantities
often pl (= large amount or number)Unmenge f; quantities of books/beer
(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) →
in quantity →

## 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

množství kvantitet määrä količina 수량 kvantitet จำนวนที่แน่นอน số lượng

## quantity

References in classic literature ?
The snow had fallen frequently, and in large quantities, and covered the ground to a depth of a foot; and the continued coldness of the weather prevented any thaw.
These are called by some the Fishing Falls, as the salmon are taken here in immense quantities. They cannot get by these falls.
These are of that branch of the great Snake tribe called Shoshokoes, or Root Diggers, from their subsisting, in a great measure, on the roots of the earth; though they likewise take fish in great quantities, and hunt, in a small way.
When the snow has disappeared, says Captain Bonneville, and the ground become soft, the women go into the thickest fields of wormwood, and pulling it up in great quantities, construct with it a hedge, about three feet high, inclosing about a hundred acres.
In preparing these for use he manifested all the ostentation of a professed cook, although the chief mystery of the affair appeared to consist in pouring water in judicious quantities upon the slimy contents of his cocoanut shells.
In some part of the valley--I know not where, but probably in the neighbourhood of the sea--the girls were sometimes in the habit of procuring small quantities of salt, a thimble-full or so being the result of the united labours of a party of five or six employed for the greater part of the day.
They drink excessively, buy quantities of clothes, and in a few days return penniless to their miserable abodes, there to work harder than beasts of burden.
The owners lose great quantities of rich ores; for no precautions can prevent robberies.
The notion generally received is, that the coral found in such quantities at the bottom of the sea might communicate this colour to the water: an account merely chimerical.
The customers come again and again, and buy quantities, in spite of being afraid of Ginger and Pickles.
The customers came in crowds every day and bought quantities, especially the toffee customers.
The hunters made great havoc among the buffaloes, and brought in quantities of meat; the voyageurs busied themselves about the fires, roasting and stewing for present purposes, or drying provisions for the journey; the pack-horses, eased of their burdens, rolled on the grass, or grazed at large about the ample pasture; those of the party who had no call upon their services, indulged in the luxury of perfect relaxation, and the camp presented a picture of rude feasting and revelry, of mingled bustle and repose, characteristic of a halt in a fine hunting country.

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