noun \ˈin-ti-jər\

mathematics : any number that is not a fraction or decimal : any whole number or its negative

Full Definition of INTEGER

:  any of the natural numbers, the negatives of these numbers, or zero
:  a complete entity

Examples of INTEGER

  1. Both 10 and -10 are integers.
  2. <three is a positive integer>

Origin of INTEGER

Latin, adjective, whole, entire — more at entire
First Known Use: 1571

Related to INTEGER

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with INTEGER


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Whole-valued positive or negative number or 0. The integers are generated from the set of counting numbers 1, 2, 3, . . . and the operation of subtraction. When a counting number is subtracted from itself, the result is zero. When a larger number is subtracted from a smaller number, the result is a negative whole number. In this way, every integer can be derived from the counting numbers, resulting in a set of numbers closed under the operation of subtraction (see group theory).


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