compound number


Definition of compound number

: a number (such as 2 feet 5 inches) involving different denominations or more than one unit

Examples of compound number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investing early and often puts you at a huge advantage, thanks to the magic of compounding numbers, which is illustrated below. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "The Young Person’s Guide to Investing," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of compound number

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Compound number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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