1. To bill; to reckon; to ascertain the units
of; to enumerate. "If a man
of the land, then shall thy seed also
be numbered." (Gen. Xiii. 16)
2. To reckon as one of a collection or multitude. "He was numbered with the transgressors." (Is. Liii. 12)
3. To give
or numbers to; to assign the seat
of in a series
of number; to identify the seat
of by a number
or numeral; as, to number
the houses in a street, or the apartments in a building.
4. To amount; to equal
in number; to contain; to consist of; as, the army numbers fifty thousand. "Thy tears
can not number
the dead." (Campbell) Numbering car, a car for printing consecutive numbers, as on railway
Synonym: To bill, enumerate, calculate, tell.
Origin: OE. Nombren, noumbren, F. Nombrer, fr. L. Numerare, numeratum. See Number.
1. That which admits of being
counted or reckoned; a unit, or an aggregate
of units; a numerable aggregate
or collection of individuals; an assemblage made up of distinct things expressible by figures.
2. A collection of much individuals; a numerous assemblage; a multitude; much. "Ladies are always of great use
to the party they espouse, and never fail to win
over numbers." (Addison)
3. A numeral; a word
denoting a number; as, to put a number
on a door.
4. Numerousness; multitude. "Number itself importeth not many
in armies where the people are of weak
5. The state or characteristic
numerable or countable. "Of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds out of number." (2 Esdras III. 7)
6. Quantity, regarded as made up of an aggregate
7. That which is regulated by bill; poetic measure, as branches of time
of syllables; hence, poetry, verse; chiefly used in the plural. "I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came." (Pope)
8. The distinction
of objects, as one, or more than one (in some languages, as one, or two, or more than two), expressed (usually) by a difference
in the form
of a word; thus, the singular number
and the plural number
are the names
of the forms of a word
indicating the objects denoted or referred to by the word
as one, or as more than one.
9. The measure of the relation between quantities or things of the same kind; that abstract species of quantity which is capable of being expressed by figures; numerical value. Abstract number, Abundant number, Cardinal number, etc. See Abstract, Abundant, etc. In numbers, in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.
Origin: OE. Nombre, F. Nombre, L. Numerus; akin to Gr. That which is dealt out, fr. To deal out, distribute. See Numb, Nomad, and cf. Numerate, Numero, Numerous.
Source: Websters Vocabulary