integer

noun
in·te·ger | \ˈin-ti-jər \

Definition of integer 

1 : any of the natural numbers, the negatives of these numbers, or zero

2 : a complete entity

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Examples of integer in a Sentence

Both 10 and -10 are integers. three is a positive integer

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On top of that, the ratios of those intervals are not neat integers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 June 2018 The rule is this: the circumference of the ball should be equal to a half integer number of wavelengths. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter That, though, will be harder in the future—at least for sets of data that consist of integer numbers in a known range, as do, for example, the answers to many questionnaires in psychology experiments. The Economist, "Computer algorithms can test the dodginess of published results," 14 June 2018 The primary method involved downloading images stored on Photobucket.com and extracting an IP address from six integer values used for GPS latitude and longitude stored in the EXIF field of the image. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "VPNFilter malware infecting 500,000 devices is worse than we thought," 6 June 2018 An irrational number is one that cannot be expressed by a fraction of integers, or whole numbers. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of the Golden Ratio Explained by Math and Sunflowers," 11 May 2018 This means that the vector location of the object always consists of components that are integers. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "What Random Walks in Multiple Dimensions Teach You About Life," 10 Apr. 2018 As a professor at Princeton, Dr. Langlands started investigating ideas that connected the mathematics of integers with a generalization of the theory of periodic functions. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor," 20 Mar. 2018 Another theory suggested trolls had hacked their own bases to have billions of nukes, leading to an integer overflow that caused the servers to mistakenly count to zero. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Konami apologizes for announcing nuclear disarmament (in Metal Gear Solid V)," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of integer

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for integer

Latin, adjective, whole, entire — more at entire

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integer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of integer

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

integer

noun
in·te·ger | \ˈin-ti-jər \

Kids Definition of integer

: a number that is a natural number (as 1, 2, or 3), the negative of a natural number (as −1, −2, −3), or 0

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