compound number


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

Example Sentences

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, 10 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compound number was in the 15th century

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“Compound number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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