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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
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## 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
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## 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.
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## 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
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## quantity

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

[ˈkwɒntɪtɪ] nquantità f inv (Comm) →
in quantity →
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## 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.
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## quantity

množství kvantitet määrä količina 수량 kvantitet จำนวนที่แน่นอน số lượng
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## quan·ti·ty

English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

## quantity

References in classic literature ?
The size of the projectile, the length of the cannon being settled, what would be the quantity of powder necessary to produce impulsion?
Some of these people, more provident and industrious than the rest, lay up a stock of dried salmon, and other fish, for winter: with these, they were ready to traffic with the travellers for any objects of utility in Indian life; giving a large quantity in exchange for an awl, a knife, or a fish-hook.
The ability of a country to pay taxes must always be proportioned, in a great degree, to the quantity of money in circulation, and to the celerity with which it circulates.
Having obtained a quantity for his purpose, he places it in a bag made of the net-like fibrous substance attached to all cocoanut trees, and compressing it over the bread-fruit, which being now sufficiently pounded, is put into a wooden bowl--extracts a thick creamy milk.
A bystander said to him, "Be satisfied with half the quantity, and you will readily draw out your hand."
It is curious to observe how the seeds of the grass and other plants seem to accommodate themselves, as if by an acquired habit, to the quantity of rain which falls upon different parts of this coast.
Some affirm that the torrents, which fall after great rains from the mountains, wash down such a quantity of red sand as gives a tincture to the water: others tell us that the sunbeams being reverberated from the red rocks, give the sea on which they strike the appearance of that colour.
The poor Snakes soon comprehended the advantages thus held out to them, and promised to exert themselves to procure a quantity of beaver skins for future traffic.
But legislators who would establish this principle are apt to overlook what they ought to consider; that while they regulate the quantity of provisions which each individual shall possess, they ought also to regulate the number of his children; for if these exceed the allotted quantity of provision, the law must necessarily be repealed; and yet, in spite of the repeal, it will have the bad effect of reducing many from wealth to poverty, so difficult is it for innovators not to fall into such mistakes.
The true cause of their watching did, indeed, at length, put an end to it; for this was no other than the strength and goodness of the beer, of which having tippled a very large quantity, they grew at first very noisy and vociferous, and afterwards fell both asleep.
However, as I found there was no laying them up on heaps, and no carrying them away in a sack, but that one way they would be destroyed, and the other way they would be crushed with their own weight, I took another course; for I gathered a large quantity of the grapes, and hung them trees, that they might cure and dry in the sun; and as for the limes and lemons, I carried as many back as I could well stand under.
Momentum (quantity of motion) is the product of mass and velocity.

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